Oct 022015
Villa Borghese, Galleria Borghese: Bernini Sculptures (David, Apollo and Daphne, Rape of Proserpine)

Here are some photographs of Gian Lorenzo Bernini sculptures. I took the photos during my recent visit to the Galleria Borghese. Enjoy! The tense and dynamic David, sometimes seen as the quintessential Baroque counterpart to Michelangelo’s famous calm and monumental statue of the same name:   The passionate and tempestuous Apollo and Daphne:   And […]

Apr 082012
Titian: Danae with Nursemaid Series

Danae with Nursemaid When he was over fifty years old Titian painted the first of the series of Danae paintings, today hanging in various European museums: Napoli Museo di Capodimonte, Museo del Prado in Madrid, Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Kunsthistorisches Museum in Viena. Scholars note that at least some of the work in the […]

Apr 042012
Titian: Venus of Urbino

Titian’s Venus The Venus of Urbino is one of Titian’s best known paintings, and probably his most provocative. Portraying a young female model, who according to some scholars appeared in other artist’s pieces, the work feeds the ambiguity regarding the protagonist’s social status by blurring generic boundaries. It is a pagan allegory, it is a […]

Mar 312012
Titian: The Assumption of the Virgin

Titian’s Assunta Titian’s altarpiece “The Assumption of the Virgin,” hanging in Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice, is a large scale painting both in size and concept. It accommodates multiple characters, including the apostles, The Virgin Mary, and God, as well as countless angels and cherubims — all organized in dense but clearly […]