Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Faith And Mythology

 Today we have four paintings, two of a religious nature and two going back to the older myths. The Assumption of the Virgin is by Neri di Bicci and dates to 1455-56.

An Allegory of Civilization is by Piero di Cosimo, circa 1490.

Lucas Cranach The Elder painted Venus circa 1518.


And here we have The Crucifixion by Quinten Massys, circa 1515.

32 comments:

  1. It's interesting to see how important symmetry was in religious paintings in those days.

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  2. That allegory of civilization looked troubling enough to be about right, William

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  3. It's normal that mostly religious scenes were painted, that's the only thing simple people knew, and as I already said the church was rich enough to pay !

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  4. Venus is fabulous, mythology always won over religion with me.

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  5. @Italiafinlandia: me too.

    @John: quite true.

    @Cloudia: essentially, yes.

    @Gattina: that, or rich families.

    @Gemel: I was always drawn to Greek mythology.

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  6. Interesting with the giraffe. The camel I could not find...

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  7. Humans do follow one myth or another!

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  8. ...faith and mythology are often intertwined.

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  9. Interesting exhibit. I have always been interested in mythology.
    Can humans really live in harmony with nature, I wish!
    Take care, have a happy day!

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  10. @Francisco: thank you.

    @Iris: it's not easy.

    @David: indeed.

    @Agnieszka: thanks.

    @Tom: definitely.

    @Eileen: well said.

    @Marie: I agree.

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  11. It's interesting to see how different stories are depicted.

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  12. I enjoy your exhibits William, another superb one.

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  13. They appear to be in great condition for their age.

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  14. @Sharon: it is.

    @Denise: thanks!

    @Marleen: they're well looked after.

    @Bill: definitely.

    @RedPat: I agree.

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  15. Classic artwork and great photos ~ Xo

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  16. This is a beautiful exhibit. I like the Venus.

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  17. Very late 16th century. Late Renaissance. Great pictures.

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  18. Yes I am back---thanks for your kind words.
    MB
    PS: Love the header

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  19. So beautiful. Wonder how such old Italian art came to Canada?

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  20. Mind blowing to think they were painted so long ago William, my imagination runs riot wondering what the studio conditions and atmosphere of the times were like ✨

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  21. It's interesting seeing what eras in time influence the artists and how they paint.

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  22. @Revrunner: certainly not.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Michelle: I do too.

    @Joanne: thanks.

    @Eve: each year they have a budget to buy art. And some is given to the Gallery.

    @DJan: definitely.

    @Grace; different from now.

    @Amy: that is true.

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  23. An interesting and beautiful exhibit.

    All the best Jan

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