Sunday, February 6, 2011
!00 paintings an artist should know, part 10
24) Niccolò da Tolentino Leads the Florentine Troops by Paulo Uccello 1397-1475
I chose this late medieval piece because I wanted to get a painting from this era onto the list but also because another theme seems to be developing in the list, the chains of influence running through the art of painting. Below I have reposted the Velazquez from last nigh with the pikes that must have been inspired by the Uccello above.
Uccello was an Italian painter who was fascinated with geometry. He pioneered the use of perspective in his paintings. Uccello was a student of the sculptor Ghiberti who designed the magnificent bronze doors of the Florence Baptistry.
25) The Sacrifice of Isaak by Giovanni Battista Tiepelo 1696-1770
God said to Abraham, "kill me a son",
Abe said "man , you must be putting me on!"
God said "Abe, you can do what you want, but,
the next time you see me coming, you better run!"- Bob Dylan
Tiepelo painted scads of these decorative fresco ceilings around Europe, although he was a Venetian. His light and ethereal color give his art a light and very joyous major key look. His color is very different than that we associate with old master painting. Seeing them in person is essential, photos don't really do them justice.
26) Henry the eighth by Hans Holbein 1498-1543
Holbein, a German was a great portraitist, but most of his career was in England as official court painter to Henry VIII. Holbein made preparatory drawings for all of his paintings, then transferred to the canvas. Below is an example of one of his drawings. Holbein is revered as one of the great draftsman of history.