Golden Light, Autumn Leaves –

Autumn Leaves

warnings to the unwary traveler.

Warning snakes

The Australian countryside was looking spectacularly beautiful as we drove to Canberra this weekend for the Renaissance exhibition.

Red golds of Autumn

It was a wonderful opportunity to see a series of works that document the development of figurative art in the western world. It is a rare treat for us  here in Australia, to have the opportunity to see works of this range and historical significance all in the one place at the same time.

I found it interesting to observe the growing mastery of the various artists in the way they handled fabric, form and light through the 15th and 16th centuries. As artists today we are indebted to our former fellow creators who paved the way for us.  It was fascinating to see how they began using oils and the wonderful development of the work through this change in medium from tempera paints to oils. The works in oils had an added richness and depth of colour that seemed to be missing from the tempera works.

Take a look at the treatment of this fabric by Paolo Cavazzola in his Portrait of a Lady. It is exquisite.

Renaissance Fabric detail

Next weekend – Easter weekend will be the last opportunity to see this wonderful collection before it leaves for distant shores.  So if you can manage a trip to Canberra it is well worth the visit.

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