National Gallery Visit 6.5.16

What did I discover on my visit this time?

Bernardino Fungai’s ‘The Virgin and Child with Cherubin’, 1495-1510

This reminded me of the interest I have in the depiction of textiles in art.  The fabric in this painting looks contemporary and fresh.  I am reminded of the work of Amy Cutler  and *need to remember to research her techniques and presentation of fabrics further.

There were also two paintings about Salome:-


They both had a wonderful macabre atmosphere to them and I was particularly drawn to the intensely black backgrounds in them both.  Why? It forced me to be completely emersed with the foreground – there was no escape from the severed head being offered to the woman, Salome. It is harsh and beautiful in equal measure and I particularly enjoy the pale skin of the woman, suggesting purity despite having requested the head be brought to her.  I also enjoy the different artist’s interpretation of Salome – Da Sesto showing distress and aversion to facing the head, and Giampietrino’s demonstrating a look of triumph.  Exciting paintings considering they are 500 years old.

The final painting that caught my eye was:-

The depiction of the snow in this painting is stunning – there is an iridescent quality to the snow, the large expanse of white acting as a beautiful negative space against the rest of the image, balancing the opposing black/grey tones of the people and buildings.  The delicate colours used also put me in mind of the printmaking work of Ellen Heck.  Her series ‘Forty Fridas’ has the subtle beauty in the palette used that I also see echoes of in this painting by Goeneutte.  *Idea to take this delicate palette and experiment with it in my own work – to take time to consider seems to me to go hand in hand with these types of colours.  I hope it will slow me down and help me improve my delicacy in mark making.


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