Category Archives: Renaissance painting

Bramantino

Bramantino, The Adoration of the Kings, c. 1500 Bramantino, Nativity, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan So why aren’t these works surrealist paintings? They’re certainly far stranger than the hoaky neo-Surrealism of today. The light and space in the paintings look nothing like … Continue reading

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Stradano’s Inferno

Heaven wheels above you, displaying to you her eternal glories, and still your eyes are on the ground. – Dante Alighieri An interesting contrast to Doré’s inferno, this is the work of Jan Van der Straet (known also as Stradanus … Continue reading

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Andrea Mantegna 2

Looking at Mantegna’s pietistic portrait of Madonna and child in my last post I’m struck by how an artist who was reputedly one of the most irascible artists that Italy produced could paint this kind of perfected calm. Lawrence Gowing … Continue reading

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Andrea Mantegna

Andrea Mantegna, Madonna with Sleeping Child (c. 1465-70) I just wanted to take a look at this stunning Mantegna. All one need do is to look momentarily at this Mantegna to see that its power resides in the fact that … Continue reading

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