Landscape with Snow (1888)

Landscape with Snow (1888)
Painted in February of 1888, Van Gogh painted the dreary furrowed fields of winter. A lone figure with his dog trudge toward home. Located in the Guggenheim, I was moved to view this painting this past weekend.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Jacopo Carucci da Pontormo

Happy Birthday Jacopo Pontormo!! Italian Mannerist painter, born in 1494, Pontormo was orphaned at an early age. He was apprenticed to various artists, including da Vinci. While influenced by Michelangelo, Pontormo's work has the exaggerated, dramatic atmosphere familiar with Mannerism. The Deposition from the Cross is considered by many to be his one remaining masterpiece, depicting his mature style. In it we see the familiar theatrical expressions on brightly clothed, seemingly weightless figures. The composition is oval, the space shallow. Some see the two boyish figures supporting Christ's body as angels prepared to take Him to Heaven. Note the empty space next to the Virgin Mary in the back, perhaps depicting her great loss.

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