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  • THE FAR OUT GENIUS OF ANTONELLO DA MESSINA
    A few weeks ago, I discussed Antonello da Messina, the preternaturally visionary 15th century Sicilian master, in his capolavoro assoluto (greatest masterpiece), La Vergine Annunciata (see comments). I discussed it in part because of its ineffable use of ultramarine, alchemically transformed lapis lazuli, which creates those unmistakable Rinascimento blue vestments.
    The extraordinary painting shown here, which hangs in London’s NGA, is another amazing artistic achievement, putatively by Antonello.
    There is so much of visual interest:
    The angels and their Art Deco wings; the Virgin’s photorealistically detailed crown honoring her not only as the Mother of Christ but as the Queen of Heaven; that Jesus is not a baby but a clever-looking teenager, dressed in his finery at that !, holding a pomegranate, long a symbol of the Passion that would be in Jesus’s future; the richly and elegantly draped garments of the Virgin; the modeling of the Virgin’s hands that gives a three dimensionality to the painting.
    The attribution to Antonello is based on comparing the painting to the attested 1473 San Gregorio altarpiece. (Madonna and Child with Crown and Angels
    attrib. Antonello da Messina, Sicilia, c. 1469
    National Gallery of Art, London)

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  • THE FAR OUT GENIUS OF ANTONELLO DA MESSINA 
A few weeks ago, I discussed Antonello da Messina, the preternaturally visionary 15th century Sicilian master, in his capolavoro assoluto (greatest masterpiece), La Vergine Annunciata (see comments). I discussed it in part because of its ineffable use of ultramarine, alchemically transformed lapis lazuli, which creates those unmistakable Rinascimento blue vestments.
The extraordinary painting shown here, which hangs in London’s NGA, is another amazing artistic achievement, putatively by Antonello. 
There is so much of visual interest:
The angels and their Art Deco wings; the Virgin’s photorealistically detailed crown honoring her not only as the Mother of Christ but as the Queen of Heaven; that Jesus is not a baby but a clever-looking teenager, dressed in his finery at that !, holding a pomegranate, long a symbol of the Passion that would be in Jesus’s future; the richly and elegantly draped garments of the Virgin; the modeling of the Virgin’s hands that gives a three dimensionality to the painting. 
The attribution to Antonello is based on comparing the painting to the attested 1473 San Gregorio altarpiece. (Madonna and Child with Crown and Angels 
attrib. Antonello da Messina, Sicilia, c. 1469
National Gallery of Art, London)

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  • ‘La Serpenta’ [‘The Serpent’] (1957), Unica Zürn. Part of Barbican Gallery’s ‘Modern Couples’ exhibition.

    This vast and intimate show explores relationships of various kinds between artist couples in the first half of the C20th, including that of Unica Zürn & Hans Bellmer.

    #moderncouples #barbican #unicazürn #serpent #surrealism #surrealist #painting #art
  • ‘La Serpenta’ [‘The Serpent’] (1957), Unica Zürn. Part of Barbican Gallery’s ‘Modern Couples’ exhibition.

This vast and intimate show explores relationships of various kinds between artist couples in the first half of the C20th, including that of  Unica Zürn & Hans Bellmer.

#moderncouples #barbican #unicazürn #serpent #surrealism #surrealist #painting #art
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