Monday, April 10, 2017

Kenneth Noland, Francesco del Cossa & Raphael drawings at the Ashmolean

Today's art birthdays run the gamit from modern to Renaissance

Happy Birthday to American abstract painter Kenneth Noland, born on this day in 1924:

Triumph of Venus, 1470

Today's artist w/out known birthday: Francesco del Cossa. Month of April w/ triumph of Venus from Palazzo Schifanoia, Ferrara, c 1470. 

The most remarkable surviving project of Ferrarese artists in the Quattrocento is the fresco cycle lining the Salone dei Mesi (Room of the Months), the main hall in the Palazzo Schifanoia at Ferrara, a hunting lodge enlarged by Duke Borso d'Este beginning around 1465. The frescoes are related to the calendar illustrations that appear frequently in Northern European manuscripts, but here there is a special emphasis on Borso d'Este as a wise ruler. The program, devised by a still unidentified humanist, is complex. Each month is represented at the top register by the triumphal cart of the ancient deity who presided over that month, with the signs of the related zodiac in the middle zone and the courtly activities and practical labours appropriate for that month on the bottom. Portraits of Borso and his courtiers appear in various scenes on the lower level.

The frescoes demonstrate the brilliance of Ferrarese colouring and the inventiveness of Ferrarese painters in their interpretation of the subjects. The leading masters were apparently Francesco del Cossa and Cosme Tura, with limited participation by Ercole de' Roberti and other anonymous artists.

Not since 1983 has such an extensive showing of Raphael sketches gone on view" … #RaphaelDrawings opens 1 June


Carla Ives said...

Not a big fan of the first one. I tend to run hot and cold on what is called "modern art." Some of it I DO like. This one doesn't do much for me. The paintings are wonderful. I love the Renaissance artists. And that drawing of a lady is superb!

nancy namaste said...

Modern geometric art doesn't do much for me either but Raphael - what a genius. I never heard of the other artist & would love to see his work in person.