Archive for the 'Art' Category

October 17, 2018

“When one speaks of Michelangelo — says Grimm — woods, clouds, seas, and mountains disappear, and only what is formed by the spirit of man remains behind; and he quotes a few slight words from a letter of his to Vasari as the single expression in all he has left of a feeling for nature. […] Of the whole story of the creation he has painted only the creation of the first man and woman.”
~ “The Renaissance: studies in art and poetry”, Walter Pater.

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October 17, 2018

“One of the strongest characteristics of that outbreak of the reason and the imagination, of that assertion of the liberty of the heart, in the middle age, which I have termed a medieval Renaissance, was its antinomianism, its spirit of rebellion and revolt against the moral and religious ideas of the time. In their search after the pleasures of the senses and the imagination, in their care for beauty, in their worship of the body, people were impelled beyond the bounds of Christian ideal; and their love became sometimes a strange idolatry, a strange rival religion. […] More and more, as we come to mark changes and distinctions of temper in what is often in one all-embracing confusion called the middle age, that rebellion, that sinister claim for liberty of heart and thought, comes to the surface. […] The note of defiance, of the opposition of one system to another, is sometimes harsh.”
~ “The Renaissance: studies in art and poetry”, Walter Pater.

October 17, 2018

” ‘Simple persons’ — as Michelangelo replied in his rough way to the querulous criticism of Julius the Second, that there was no gold on the figures of the Sistine Chapel — ‘Simple persons, who wore no gold on their garments.’ ”
~ “The Renaissance: studies in art and poetry”, Walter Pater.

September 8, 2018

~ “Intervention”, Jeongeun Lee, Dresden 2018.

Chute des anges rebelles

June 19, 2018

~ Frères Limbourg, “Très riches heures du duc de Berry”, 1411-16.

June 9, 2018

Kronid Gogolev

Rovaniemi Altar

Shipments from Rome to Dresden

June 3, 2018

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May 26, 2018

Virgin of the animals, Duerer

National Gallery Berlin

January 13, 2018

Alexandre Calame

Campagna landscape, Arnold Böcklin

Ocean breakers (the sound), Arnold Böcklin

Deep in the forest by moonlight, Friedrich

Moonrise by the sea, Friedrich

Knight's castle, Lessing

Castle by the river, Schinkel

Tilla Durieux depicting Circe, Von Stuck

And also: “Cabin covered in snow”, Friedrich. “After the rain”, Baum. “Low country at the Rhine”, Thoma.

January 25, 2017

“Bastava il nuovo sogno, bastava la nuova, rinnovata brama per rendere sopportabile l’esistenza, per conferirle qualcosa di simile a un senso, per illuminarla e redimerla. Gli amici di Albert, perlomeno quelli che ancora gli restavano, non comprendevano molto bene queste sue fantasie. Di una cosa pero’ s’avvedevano, ed era che Albert viveva sempre piu’ chiuso in se stesso, che parlava sempre piu’ tra se’ e sorrideva in maniera sempre piu’ strana, che era lontanissimo, non partecipava affatto a cio’ che per altri e’ caro e importante, si asteneva dalla politica e dai traffici, non partecipava a gare di tirassegno e a balli, a dotte conversazioni sull’arte, in una parola a nulla di cio’ che prima gli dava gioia. Era divenuto un eccentrico, un mezzo matto, capace di andarsene a passeggiare in una grigia, fredda giornata d’inverno, respirando gli odori e i colori dell’aria gelida, di star dietro a un bambino capace solo di balbettii, di rimanere per ore a fissare un’acqua verde, un’aiuola fiorita, oppure di sprofondare, come un lettore nel proprio libro, nelle linee che scorgeva in un peszetto fi legno tagliato, in una radice o in un tubero. Nessuno piu’ si interessava a lui, che all’epoca viveva in una cittadina straniera.” ~ Hesse