I just returned from the opening day of a new art exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
"Featuring religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, and secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the nineteenth century, Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums offers a rare opportunity to see this incredible collection, with works by artists Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Francesco Guardi, Titian, and more."
Glasgow has given, as the curator, Tanya Paul noted in her afternoon talk, the "cream of their collection". Obviously everyone will have favorites. I chose three. A Google search brought up the images below as there is no photography allowed. Here's a glance:
Francesco de Silimena painted the Virgin and Child many times but this is, in my opinion, one of his finest. At first glance I wasn't attracted because it is a much softer presentation in comparison to the brilliantly colored Bellini or elegant Gramatica, for instance. But this one grew on me. It is placed on an inside wall and you have to meander a little to find it. I particularly liked the eyes and demeanor of Jesus...and His curly baby hair. Jesus holds a red headed finch, symbol of His future passion. Mary's right hand placement is superb. Something about it reminds me of the Sacred Heart painting by Pompeo Batoni regarded "Italy' s Last Old Master".
No this is not a what you think.
The title for this painting is A Painter and his Model. Here the painter is proposing to his model who is dressed as a religious. By the way- the text card next to the painting, if I recall correctly, identified the model's costume as that of the Virgin Mary.
Anyway, this is reminds me of Pre-Raphaelite art with it's attention to the finest details and the genre.
update 10/16. The book describes the scene as one that was loosely based on the life of artist Filippo Lippi. It explains that the scene deviates from Vasari's accounts on the life of that artist...
page 178 Heaven and Earth book.
The Agony in the Garden by Francesco Travisani (1656-1746). Completed toward the end of his life in 1740, Travisani would have been in his mid eighties by then. I marveled at the depth in what is actually a very small painting (6.3 x 8.9 inches). Although there we masterful landscapes and other notable works, I had to choose this one because I know how difficult it is to paint miniatures.
Below are photos from the day: Florentine Opera performance, curator presentation, and gift shop purchases. I also purchased the Exhibition book, of Heaven and Earth by Peter Humphrey.
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