Saturday, April 29, 2017

Not a birthday: Carlo Crivelli

This perfectly preserved work is one of the artist's most exquisite pictures. Flemish painting may have inspired the remarkable precision of detail in the background, where turbaned figures (infidels) stroll. Trompe-l’oeil details are played against the doll-like prettiness of the Virgin. The apples and fly are symbols of sin and evil and are opposed to the cucumber and the goldfinch, symbols of redemption. Crivelli’s signature is on what looks like a piece of paper attached to the watered-silk cloth with wax. The Met here

Did not have a show here until 2015: If your admiration for Italian Renaissance painting is more culturally received than deeply felt, “Ornament and Illusion: Carlo Crivelli of Venice” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is the show to see. It is the first exhibition in an American museum devoted to Crivelli, a great but neglected Early Renaissance master, and his fabulously fraught panel paintings, with their charged emotional moods, exquisitely detailed and richly appointed settings, gleaming trompe l’oeil jewels and tracts of gold gilt. There are only 26 paintings here, but they form a thrilling, seductive and edifying experience"...   NY Times here

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

These are spectacular! I knew the name of Crivelli but, if I knew the work previously, I had forgotten it. Love the detail! My favorite is St. George and the Dragon. I like most renditions of this subject matter, but this one is really special.