New PDF release: Paul Cezanne Sketch Book

By Curt Valentin

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64 Spatiality is also at issue in La Schiavona regarding the painter’s apparently late decision to raise the parapet to the right and to include the shallow sculptural relief of the same sitter (though with different hairstyle and dress) in profile. 65 The simultaneous inclusion of frontal and profile views of the sitter in a single image answers one charge commonly made against painting – that it is necessarily limited to a single viewpoint – while the superior realism of the standing woman over her more limited representation in monochromatic sculptural profile reinforces the argument for painting again.

The drawing features a composition built around a centralized, raised figure similar to that Bartolommeo had often used in works featuring the Virgin, Christ and the saints. 92 The Florentine imagined a pyramidal conception along the lines of a High Renaissance altarpiece, with conventional priority given to significant ‘adults’ (statue and nymphs) over ‘children’ (cupids). Titian, on the other hand, displaced the former to the right edge of the composition, 40 Giovanni Bellini, \e Assassination of St Peter Martyr, c.

96 The assertive secularity of these works, undoubtedly inspired by their conception as ‘accurate’ recreations of the appearance of classical paintings, opened 42 Antonio Lombardo, \e Forge of Vulcan, c. 1510–15, marble. State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. 51 titian 43 Titian, \e Andrians, 1519–21. Museo del Prado, Madrid. up a new pictorial world devoted to sensual pleasure and desire. In these paintings Titian imagined an exclusive present, cut free from past or future and perhaps from all wider meaning, at least insofar as this was conventionally constructed around social ideals of public duty and Christian morality.

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