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It was designed as a puzzle, and incorporates symbols and devices from the worlds of mythology and emblematic imagery. It would have made the perfect present for the French king, known for his lusty appetites, yearning after Italian culture and magnificence, and with a liking for heraldry and obscure emblems. The goddess of love and beauty, identified by the golden apple given to her by Paris and by her doves, has drawn Cupid's arrow.
Inspired by the visual and symbolic richness of such diverse painting practices as 17th-century Dutch still lifes, Italian Renaissance master paintings and American folk art, the participating artists integrate the sensual and the sinister, the vulgar and the mysterious to question meaning-making in contemporary art. The exhibition is on view through April 2 in the Montserrat Gallery. Beyond their flawlessly rendered surfaces, each artist explicitly references stylistic techniques and aesthetics of the past to create a provocative body of work.
It is also in my favourite place of all time, the National Gallerywhich possibly contributes to why I like it so much. It is also highly ambiguous. Widely agreed to have been painted in aboutit is likely to be the painting Vasari described in his Life of Bronzino.
For the proper city of wise men is virtue, and he who is incapable of becoming a partaker in that is driven from his city; and no bad man is capable of becoming a partaker of it; therefore the bad man alone is driven away and becomes a banished man. But he who is banished from virtue is at once concealed from the face of God, for if the wise men are visible to God, inasmuch as they are dear to him, it follows plainly that the wicked are all concealed from him, and enveloped in darkness, as being enemies and adversaries to right reason. But Jacob, who is full of wisdom, is both a citizen and one who dwells in a house, that is to say, in virtue.
Allegory with Venus and Cupid By Bronzino. Regarded as one of the Greatest Paintings Ever. For the meaning of other celebrated masterpieces, please see: Famous Paintings Analyzed
See Fig 1. The recent origins of the painting point to when it leaves the Florentine residence of Francesco Del Giocondo — its owner — in the mid-eighteenth century on its journey to Britain, where it would become part of the heritage of an aristocratic Somerset family for nearly two centuries. In latethe painting was acquired by Hugh Blaker, a celebrated art connoisseur, dealer, and curator of the Holburne Museum of Art, in Bath, who transferred it to his home in Isleworth, a suburb of west London. In the early s, after its return, the painting was brought to Rome, where many Leonardo experts of the day acclaimed it as the work of Leonardo da Vinci.