Jacopo Ligozzi: Christ Carrying the Cross (1604)

The Power of Narrative Painting Much has been written about Jacopo Ligozzi’s Christ Carrying the Cross, a dramatic narrative portrayal of Christ surrounded by his persecutors and onlookers on the way to Calvary. I did not understand the power of this painting until studying the enlarged details in the face of Christ. With close proximity,…

Pieter Bruegel and the First Modern Landscape (1565)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art calls this painting a “watershed in the history of Western art”[1] and the “first modern landscape”.[6]. Because of the new humanist lens through which Pieter Bruegel the Elder viewed his world, landscape painting was no longer limited to backgrounds for mythological or religious illustrations.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder: The Harvesters (1565)

The First Modern Landscape The Harvesters, painted by Pieter Bruegel the Elder in 1565, represents “a watershed in the history of western art” at at time when “the religious pretext for landscape painting has been suppressed in favor of a new humanism, and the unidealized description of the local scene is based on natural observations.”…

Antonio Orsini: The crucifixion with the Virgin, SS John and Mary Magdalene

Antonio Orsini. 1432-1491 Ferrare The crucifixion with the Virgin, SS John and Mary Magdalene Prague National Gallery Sternberski Palace Pendant toute la seconde moitié du 15è siècle coexistent en Europe et surtout en Italie deux styles de peinture : celui gothique linéaire encore souvent proche de la “peinture plate” en deux dimensions, et le style…