Jun 282011
 
Leonardo da Vinci: The Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci, the Man and the Painter I would like to examine how Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper unites a personal interpretation of the event with a display of some general Renaissance aesthetic principles. On the one hand, we are confronted with an idiosyncratic vision, on the other with a generalist, if not […]

Jan 072008
 
El Greco: View of Toledo

I would like to take the idea of electricity from the previous review and see how it fits into this landscape (hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York — an interesting thematic essay on this website). The raptured, electrified sky casts a distinct white glow on the city below. The turbulent weather instills […]

Jan 062008
 
El Greco: Saint Martin and the Beggar

I think that (the painting hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Washington) the saturnine mood displayed by the faces seeps into the bodies, even that of the animal. The elongated, sinewy physique of the beggar appears to be melting, flowing downwards, as if unable to resist the gloomy sentimentality of the scene. The horse’s […]

Jan 052008
 
El Greco: The Burial of the Count of Orgaz

That’s a pretty odd sounding name. Though, there is indeed something orgiastic in the happenings above the funeral, in the strict formal sense. The commotion taking place in the celestial scene (the painting is located in the Church of Santo Tomé, Toledo) appears like the exact opposite of the appropriately grave conduct below: disorderly, joyfully […]