Diego Velázquez - Mercury and Argus, 1659. Museo Nacional del Prado.
Probably my favorite Velázquez painting…
Chaos and Structure by Tatiana Plakhova
Diego Velazquez, Las Meniñas. 1656. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.
Subsequent tributes by Pablo Picasso circa 1957 and Salvador Dali in 1976.
Basking in the Glory.
Photo with 4 notes
Sandro Botticelli, Madonna of the Magnificat, 1481
Favorite Painting # 2
Photo with 32 notes
Andrea del Sarto, Madonna of the Harpies, 1517
The color on this painting is stunning.
Miyazaki would be proud.
Andrea del Sarto, Various studies, c.1520’s
Son of a tailor (sarto). Andrea became one of the best loved artists of Florence. Vasari had good things to say about him.
…Andrea del Sarto, in whose single person Nature and art showed all that painting can achieve by means of drawing, colouring and invention: and indeed if Andrea had possessed a little more boldness and daring of spirit, to match his very profound judgement and talent as a painter, he would, there is no doubt at all, have been without equal.
Browning wrote poems about him:
Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what’s a heaven for?
His drawings are natural, graceful and sensitive, an excellent draughtsman.
…and he was very much in love with his wife… (something we don’t often hear about Renaissance artists!)
Our curator Julian Brooks is in Florence now researching del Sarto for an exhibition in 2015.
No. 139 (1961), Mixed media on wood | artwork by Francisco Farreras
The Ideal City, By Piero Della Francesca
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