March 30, 2018

Five things this Good Friday

From the National Gallery, London

Umbrian Diptych
Master of the Borgo Crucifix (Master of the Franciscan Crucifixes)
about 1255–60

The Virgin and Child
Egg tempera on poplar
32.2 × 22.9 cm

The Man of Sorrows
Egg tempera on poplar
32.3 × 23 cm

 

Giovanni da Milano
The Virgin: Left Pinnacle Panel
Pinnacle Panels
about 1365
Egg tempera on wood
89.3 × 37.2 cm

 

Probably by Jacopo di Cione
Noli me tangere
about 1368–70
Egg tempera on wood
56 × 38.2 cm

 

Duccio
The Transfiguration Group
Maestà Predella Panels
1307/8–11
Egg tempera on wood
48.5 × 51.4 cm

 

Duccio
The Virgin and Child with Saint Dominic and Saint Aurea, and Patriarchs and Prophets
about 1312–15 (?)
Egg tempera on wood
61.4 × 39.3 cm

 

While I’m far from religious, whenever I’m in London I try and get to the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery to look at the Icons and altar pieces. My foundation tutor was really keen on them and I’m sure his enthusiasm was an influence. I particularly appreciate the “objectness” of them, which these images don’t fully carry. Like most painting, it’s best seen in the flesh. And ideally more than once. Different days, different times, under different circumstances and if you’re lucky, different light. What resonates one day may not the next. It’s these revelations and small observations that are part of the pleasure of looking at and living with art.

And talking of moving at a different pace, if you’re following it today, enjoy the cricket and have a great Easter break.

Published by: Gary Peters in Uncategorised

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