Monday, 5 May 2014

Building Pictures

The National Gallery in London has opened Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting. This is the first exhibition in Britain to explore the role of architecture in Italian Renaissance painting of the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. It runs until 21 September in the Sunley Room, admission free. Shown is a detail from Vincenzo Catena's Saint Jerome in his Study (c. 1510). The architectural quality of the work creates depth perspective. CLICK for more information and videos.

4 Comments:

At 5/5/14, Anonymous Artseer said...

This exhibition is a true eye-opener: revisit some of the old favourites and see them in a new light: http://wp.me/p3lxGr-3u

 
At 5/5/14, Blogger Ian Cox said...

Hi, Artseer

Thanks for your comment.

The early experiments in linear perspective did indeed produce some fantastic architectural scenes in Renaissance paintings. It's a shame The National Gallery can't have some of the ceiling frescos that made you feel you were looking up to Heaven, complet with cherubs gazing down at you. Visit the Royal Naval College Dining Hall for that kind of visual deception.

 
At 6/5/14, Anonymous Artseer said...

Di sotto in su! You are absolutely right, if only. I must go to the Royal Naval College and check them out.

 
At 7/5/14, Blogger Ian Cox said...

Yes, it's a must. Make it a day out. There's so much to see in Greenwich: the Chapel, the Queen's House and a huge collection of marine art.
http://www.ornc.org/

 

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