Monthly Archives: December 2011

Finding Rembrandt ( In a Titian )

Feel no surprise  that even the greatest artists must refer to precedents and easily steal from them. The history of landscape painting is replete with examples.  After looking at one of Titian’s reclining nude Venus paintings I noticed the landscape … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Trees In Western Painting

When I reach back to shallow relief images of  ancient Assyrians to see how they  represented trees symbolically and pictographically, I notice that by 14th Century Italy depicting trees has not changed much.  They are still iconic, still pictographic, still … Continue reading

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The Birth of The Cityscape

The earliest Western  Renaissance renditions of Cityscapes begin in Italy. I credit Giotto with rendering a premature form of linear perspective with a mildly persuasive sense of three dimensional space by our standards.  At the time  his system was groundbreaking … Continue reading

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Precedents, Reflectance and Improvisation

Da Vinci learned early in Verrocchio’s workshop that  observation, practice, composition and finally, improvisation were the keys to an effective painting.  But even Leonardo relied on historical precedents as a platform for discovery and improvisation. In his time the application of … Continue reading

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