Monday, October 24, 2011

Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power at the de Young.

Giorgio da Castelfranco, called Giorgione. The Three Philosophers.  ca. 1508-1509.  Oil on canvas.  Gemäldegalerie of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

I still haven't finished the review for the show on the splendors of the royal courts of India but in the meantime, I got to preview this show which is stunning. 

Frankly, while the Indian art dazzles, I didn't feel an emotional connection to all that flashy, ostentatious consumption. Their self-indulgent life style, financed on the backs of the oppressed Indian peasant, looks too much like today's Wall Street Masters of the Universe. Plus ca change, plus ca le meme chose.

I realize that Renaissance art was the conspicuous consumption of its day but somehow it doesn't annoy me the way all that bling at the Asian did. Nevertheless, the show at the Asian is superb and there is a lot to say about it but not right now.

The de Young Museum is hosting another not-to-be-missed show - a worldwide exclusive presentation of 50 paintings by sixteenth-century Venetian painters Titian, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto, Mantegna.

All on loan from the Gemäldegalerie of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, this exhibit features outstanding examples of the work of these artists, the most celebrated holdings in the collections of the Gemäldegalerie.

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