I have seen Andrea Orcagna
, Taddeo Gaddi, Giottino, Stefano, Simone Memmi--men whose very colors I am not worthy to mix.
3), the most spacious room in the gallery, pairs grand polyptychs--both in superb condition--on opposite walls: one centred on St Paul (circle of Andrea Orcagna
), the other a Lorenzo di Niccolo altarpiece of the Madonna and Child Enthroned, one of several works to have been cleaned and restored for the reopening.
Sherman Lee, a world authority on the subject, writes: "Painted images and calligraphic writing in ink on silk were already more than 1,700 years old, and the materials, formats, and techniques of painting had developed in flexibility and complexity to a point where further subtlety was both unimaginable and superfluous." Now, in 1368, Andrea Orcagna
, the leading painter of his age, died, leaving an art world still very much defined by Gothic criteria, and the immense conquest of visual appearances, in which Western painting consists, had barely begun.