🗡”Giuliano de Medici”1478/1480 by Florentine painter, Sandro Botticelli, 🗡
(1446 - 1510) National Gallery of Art, Washington DC 🗡🗡🗡 “Giuliano Medici, the younger brother of Lorenzo, was nursing a bad knee on Easter Day 1478 and had to be helped to the cathedral—by the very men who were plotting to kill him and his brother during mass. 🗡The assassins, members and supporters of the Pazzi family, banking rivals of the Medici, awaited their signal. 🗡As worshipers bowed their heads at the elevation of the host, Giuliano was brutally stabbed. Lorenzo escaped to the sacristy, remaining there while the Pazzi partisans attempted to seize the government. 🗡They soon failed, however, and Lorenzo resumed control.
🗡The murder of Giuliano shocked Florence, and a number of portraits were ordered for public display to serve both as memorials and as warnings to other plotters. 🗡Botticelli's painting may have been the prototype for others, and lent symbolic gravity to Guiliano’s passing, showing him as an icon, almost a saint. 🗡The open window and mourning dove were familiar symbols of death, alluding to the flight of the soul and the deceased's passage to the afterlife. 🗡Some scholars, noting the lowered eyelids, suggest this portrait was painted posthumously from a death mask.”~NGA 🗡🗡🗡 #sandrobotticelli#italianartists#florentineart#florence#earlyrenaissance#portraiture#giulianodemedici#medicifamily#assassination#wealthandpower#nationalgalleryofartdc#washingtondc#earlyrenaissance#arthistory#artblogging#artobserved#artoflooking#artoftheday#loveart#loveflorence#mourningdove 🗡🗡🗡
Meet Bob, by Dutch artist @margrietvanbreevoort 🙂 You may have seen her other work (the girl with antlers for instance) at Rotterdam Art! I spotted this one at @gallerydits in Amsterdam last week — vèry creepy, but also endearing, very sad and humane in a way 🙂 And ultra realistic! Make sure to check the opening hours of @gallerydits before you make the trip though!
Thank you all for coming out to @fivemyles and participating in this strange, fun thing! "Le Mot Juste" is a continuation of Erin Gleason's "Dark Salon" series. Hosted by the artist, the Dark Salon is an open discussion exploring philosophy, life, and art. All participants are blindfolded, discovering ways to navigate group conversation without the visual cues we typically rely on. Following the salon will be an informal tour of the exhibition "The Tug" and an Artist Q&A.
〽️“Hold It In Your Mouth A Little Longer” by Nigerian-born and New York-based artist Toyin Ojih Odutol (b.1985) 〽️〽️〽️ “Toyin Ojih Odutola is unique amongst artists of her generation in that the titles of her pieces appear to be in conversation with the actual pieces; 〽️instead of looking at the piece and reading the title after, her work is best viewed after reading their titles to create the greatest emotional impact. 〽️She didn’t always take titles seriously, but now considers them “almost as important as the work itself.” 〽️ Quoting American artist Kara Walker, she says, 〽️“Anyone living on the margins, whether they are black, queer, or just different, could paint something like flowers, the most non-threatening thing you could think of. 〽️Walker says that nine times out of 10, people will see those flowers and ask the artist why [the artist who painted flowers] is so angry.” 〽️Odutola is a contemporary artist who focuses on the sociopolitical construct of skin color through her multimedia drawings. 〽️Her work explores her personal journey of having been born in Nigeria then moving and assimilating into American culture in conservative Alabama. "I’m doing black on black on black, trying to make it as layered as possible in the deepness of the blackness to bring it out.”〽️〽️〽️ #artblogging#artoflooking#wegmans#toyinojihodutola#nigerianartist#womenartist#diversity#artoflooking#sociopoliticalart#inclusivity#artoftheday @jackshainman #blackculture#artobserved#holditinyourmouth#contemporaryartist#contemporaryart#figurativeart#loveart#artblogging#arttours 〽️〽️〽️
Ruth Asawa’s hanging sculptures ➰// Finally, an entire art exhibition featuring a female Asian-American artist (whose work was largely overlooked during her lifetime). This closes Saturday and I urge everyone to go go go!!
✨”The Annunciation" 1434/1436, (detail) by Flemish painter. Jan van Eyck (1390-1441) ✨National Gallery of Art, Washington ✨✨✨ The picture depicts the Annunciation by the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she will bear the son of God.✨The inscription detail as if coming from lips, shows his words: AVE GRÃ. PLENA or "Hail, full of grace.”✨ Gabriel depicted ever so beautiful, but being a sexless angel there was there was an assurance that his beauty would not cause any inappropriate thoughts in the onlooker. ✨
Nor does he have a halo, as these were being dispensed with in Early Netherlandish art in the interests of realism - eventually the Italians would follow.✨ Note also the richly detailed “cope” Gabriel wears with a huge jewelled morse. ✨In the traditions of the church, this liturgical vestment would mark him as a celebrant or attendant at a High Mass. ✨
Van Eyck's superb oil painting technique is evident throughout. Gold leaf is only used for the seven rays coming in from the left; paint is used for all the gold on Gabriel, often worked wet-on-wet to achieve the textural effects of his brocaded clothes. ✨My eye goes to his wings rendered in a rainbow of colours. Almost like an abstract painting of modern day. An inspiration perhaps to future generations? ✨✨ ✨ #janvaneyck#flemishart#flemishartist#northernrenaissance#earlynetherlandishpainting#theannunciation#archangelgabriel#religousart#altarpiece#nationalgalleryofartwashington#washingtondc#museums#oilpainting#artoflooking#artblogging#artobserved#arthistory#artoftheday#loveart#arttours#arttalk ✨✨✨