Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass (1888)

Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass (1888)
One of my favorite still life subjects of Van Gogh, the cut branch in a glass, I ran across this one with the book behind creating a complicated compositional element. Note also the use of complementary colors, red and green, creating a vibration in the painting.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Happy Birthday Gian Lorenzo Bernini!! The Italian sculptor, born in 1598, Bernini was certainly the most celebrated sculptor of the Roman Baroque period. His father was a Florentine sculptor and by age 8, young Bernini had mastered the stone chisel and begun receiving commissions. In the 1620's, Bernini became a sculptor and architect for the Pope and this association was to last for the rest of his life. The Ecstasy of St. Theresa (1645-52) pictured here today, is noted as a prime example of Baroque sculpture, displaying extreme emotion through the technical sculpting methods, architectural setting and use of colored (white and yellow) marble. It is hard to imagine or describe the scope of this master's influence on sculptors to follow.

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