An enchanting painting by Antonello da Messina
of a familiar theme, Saint Jerome in his Study (c.
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Jerome in His Study, painted by Antonello da Messina
in 1475, or Johannes Vermeer's The Astronomer, from 1668.
Two black-and-white photocopies have been taped to the door for years: one is a copy of Caravaggio's The Taking of Christ (I'm never sure which version, the one in London or Istanbul) and the other's an Annunciation by Antonello da Messina
(the really famous one, with the hands almost in benediction).
Per la ritrattistica, invece, Bellini deve molto, almeno inizialmente, oltre ai fiamminghi, ad Antonello da Messina
, in modo particolare al suo Ritratto di un giovane (Gemaldegalerie, Berlino) e a quello de Il Condottiero (Musee du Louvre, Parigi) influenza riscontrabile nei belliniani Ritratto di un giovane Senatore (Museo Civico, Padova), e Ritratto di un giovane (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC).
Forse e proprio in questo concetto di scrittura come straniamento che risiede uno degli insegnamenti pio profondi che l'anziano marinaio mediterraneo ci vuole impartire, con il suo enigmatico sorriso ironico, come nel quadro di Antonello da Messina
Readers' seats are concealed behind the bookcases and some are contained within framed balconies, like look-out towers, which are also irresistibly reminiscent of the famous fifteenth-century painting of St Jerome in his study by Antonello da Messina
The Venetian painters might have learned this framing technique from that mysterious figure Antonello da Messina
, who lived in Venice for several years and taught both the Bellini brothers.
Upcoming exhibitions include the work of three seminal Tuscan sculptors - Donatello, Ghiberti and Nanni di Banco - to open in September at The National Gallery in Washington, and a groundbreaking show of paintings by Sicilian master Antonello Da Messina
to open at The Metropolitan Museum in New York in early 2006.
The unevenness of portraiture's development in different regions also becomes apparent: the peninsular courts held to profile portraiture far longer than did innovative Florence; in Venice, an oligarchy where personal assertion was looked down upon, the autonomous portrait did not gain wide acceptance until Antonello da Messina
introduced a sober, northern-European influenced style in the second half of the century, whereupon a great efflorescence soon followed with Giovanni Bellini.
Jerome in His Study, painted in 1475 by Antonello da Messina
(National Gallery, London).