"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:
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.
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.