Friday, 17 October 2008

Renaissance Faces 2

Giovanni Francesco Caroto - Portrait of a Young Boy holding a Child's DrawingI previewed the National Gallery's Renaissance Faces: Van Eyck To Titian a few weeks ago and gave it the thumbs up (CLICK). It opened on Wednesday and BBC News has posted some of the paintings online (CLICK). This impish little fellow is one of the exhibits: Giovanni Francesco Caroto's Portrait of a Young Boy holding a Child's Drawing. Many of the portraits are famous, but this one is new to me. The Renaissance and High Renaissance saw the birth - not the rebirth - of high-quality, psychological portraiture, sometimes with a sense of humour, and I can't help feeling it's been going downhill ever since! If you have the slightest interest in art, this show is a must.


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