He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
 

 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Eye Candy for Today: linear perspective tour de force by Carlo Crivelli

Posted by Charley Parker at 10:21 am

The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius, Carlo Crivelli
The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius, Carlo Crivelli.

In the National Gallery, London. Use the fullscreen and zoom tools to the right of the image.

There is also a large image on Wikimedia.

The early 15th century saw both linear geometrical perspective construction and the medium of oil painting come into common use in European painting (see my post on Jan van Eyck).

Here, Crivelli has a field day with both, and despite his apparent struggles with the proportions of hands and the shape of eyes (see my post on Rogier van der Weyden), creates a striking image of the Annunciation.

I love the cornucopia of little details, the fanatical attention to texture, the luxurious use of color and the nifty way the composition has the ray of divine inspiration reach the figure of Mary through a portal in the building wall. (You buy it, even though the angle is completely wrong; but hey — master of time and space, right?)

And then, of course, there’s the apple and the pickle…

Another example of my assertion that these painters were the special effects wizards of their day (see my post on Antonello da Messina), creating stunning visuals that wowed the faithful in altarpieces that in themselves were reason enough to attend church services.

Wowza.

3 comments for Eye Candy for Today: linear perspective tour de force by Carlo Crivelli »

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  1. Comment by Daniel van Benthuysen
    Tuesday, November 27, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    Love that spaceship!

  2. Comment by Charley Parker
    Tuesday, November 27, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

    Not to mention the ray gun (grin).

  3. Comment by gregorylent
    Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    plus, pure mysticism … this painting is featured in a wonderful book from 1971 called “art and the occult”

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