Sunday, May 29, 2016

National Gallery again and Red 156

So this week on our CityLit course at the National Gallery we moved on from the Sainsbury Wing but still very much in renaissance Italy.

Leslie Primo is an excellent interpreter of the works and gets us all contributing to the discussions.
The Entombment

A viewer studies the Manchester Madonna

As well as seeing Michelangelo's two works (both unfinished) one that's become known as The Manchester Madonna (sounds like a pop music review) and the other The Entombment there's much clear canvas and the artist's  skill in anatomy can be seen. Apparently the artist who was always busy had other commissions that were more attractive and got diverted from completing these works.

The artist known chiefly as an sculptor clearly shows he is able to produce excellent results with both tempera and oils.

A painting I liked less

The artist shows his skills

Another artist who impressed with the scope of his works was Titian - he's not someone who just churns out different versions of a  typical Titian - I was particularly impressed with La Schiavona where a relief is fantastically well created in two dimensions - this apparently is part of an ongoing 'dialogue' between painters and sculptors.

I was less excited by The Death of Actaeon- the skill is clear and the work shows brushstrokes which was not the normal manner at this time (early 16th Century) - you can see a nice Tim Marlow documentary on Titian here on youTube.

The practice of referencing literature can be seen in Bacchus and Ariadne which also shows a constellation (that of Ariadne).

Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian 

Tintorreto  had an astronomical motifs in  the painting we looked at by him  and The Origin of The Milky Way shows this clearly in the top on the  left - it also has many references to Geoponica.

The Origin of The Milky Way by Jacapo Tintoretto

Red 156

Not what you'd call a summer hat

but it's headwear of a sort. 

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