Classical and mediaeval dress was simple, and not tailored much until after 1000 CE. Painters were also constrained by fresco and egg tempera.
First in a new series looking at Renaissance painting from Italy, centred on Florence, shows some of the masterpieces of the ‘gap’ before the Gothic.
Isn’t that a horrific example of racism: a white man standing on the head of a Black man? Not when you read the image carefully.
Bridging between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, he was a master who helped shape our whole visual culture.
A six metre (21 feet) high fresco is a major undertaking, particularly when it’s one of the first paintings to use accurate linear perspective. How was it done?
A Bolognese man who pimped his sister, Jason of Golden Fleece fame, a couple of popes, and assorted astrologers – all suffering for their sins.
Deep underground, Satan and his demons are torturing and tormenting naked people. If you don’t live an exemplary life, that may be what you get in return.
A collection of the finest paintings of the Nativity, from 1263 to the 20th century – all innovative, and some unique.
The late Middle Ages saw many more frescoes and panel paintings survive, and tell stories in greater detail.
I have several times written that early western painting, until the late Renaissance, not uncommonly incorporated multiple copies […]