Category: Renaissance Paintings
Old Masters: The dog stays in the picture
Is a dog more than “just a dog” in an Old Master painting? “Dogs give an honest bark of truth,” said Diogenes, an ancient Greek philosopher who may be onto something. Diogenes lived in a clay wine barrel on the streets of Athens. He knew dogs.
Leonardo’s brazenly feminist portrait
During the Italian Renaissance, women were portrayed as ideals, symbols, and allegories — even in their own portraits. Then one day Leonardo da Vinci and Lisa Gherardini said goodbye to all that.
St Jerome’s home office is fit for a genius
For centuries, people had their portrait painted to reinforce their position in society. It had little to do with our modern, lonely desire to feel seen for who we really are. Do we still believe a person can be described from a single viewpoint? Or is multimedia replacing the official painted portrait?
Titian paints lust with eloquence
The Roman goddess Venus is depicted nude in works of art because she represents the lofty ideals of spiritual love and divine beauty. But not Titian’s Venus. She represents something more carnal.