GOLD: Christmas At The National Gallery– Gold in Paintings

To mark the month of December, ChasingART traveled virtually to The National Gallery to view Stories of Gold. This marvelous collection of videos came out in 2017 to celebrate this special time of year. The final video in the Gold at Christmas series explores the use of gold the 14th and 15th centuries. During theContinue reading “GOLD: Christmas At The National Gallery– Gold in Paintings”

Leonardo da Vinci: The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci It’s been 500 years!  All of Italy – and the world – is celebrating Leonardo da Vinci’s life by remembering his death on May 2, 1519. I  am familiar with his most famous paintings, which have become mythological themesContinue reading “Leonardo da Vinci: The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne”

Pre-Raphaelites & the Annunciation

There were three at the first meeting held in the home of John Millais’s parents in 1848: John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt.  Humble beginnings for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood that would soon expand to include other kindred spirits who shared their intent on transforming the art world. The Brotherhood had fourContinue reading “Pre-Raphaelites & the Annunciation”

The Annunciation – Journeys & Destinations

The story of the Annunciation is one of the most frequent themes in Christian art, most notably depicted by the artists of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. This is a story of connection between humanity and infinity, between the known and the unknown – of miracles, birth, and redemption.  Is it any wonder that artistsContinue reading “The Annunciation – Journeys & Destinations”

The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius by Carlo Crivelli

  The Annunciation generally includes two figures – Mary and the winged angel, Gabriel. Carlo Crivelli, an Italian Renaissance painter, had a different idea when he used artistic adaptation in “The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius.”  Who is Saint Emidius? you may ask, as I did when saw a third figure of a man in deepContinue reading “The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius by Carlo Crivelli”

Fra Angelico – The Annunciation

The Annunciation by Fra Angelico Welcome December!  It is winter’s month of celebration that signals festive music, scintillating lights and the aroma of cinnamon and chocolate. Amid long-awaited family gatherings, last minutes shopping, eggnog and steamed pudding, there is a gentle call to find a quiet time of reflection.  December signals an ending of aContinue reading “Fra Angelico – The Annunciation”