Revisiting an old favourite at the National Gallery of Art

Florentine, active 1369 - 1396
Madonna Enthroned with Saints and Angels
1380/1390, tempera on panel

On my visit to Washington D.C. in April I revisited one of my favourite paintings at the National Gallery of Art. I have spent hours in this gallery exploring the exquisite icon paintings and this one floored me when I first saw it in 1995. Having tried (unsuccessfully) to paint with tempera
my admiration for the quality of this work as well as the composition/framing has me awe.

I love stones, so I particularly enjoy this artist, Rob Milliken, paintings of stones with tempera. Notice the detail in the sand between the stones, just stunning work.


This is a humble attempt at a religious wall hanging using painted canvas., metal hand, beads, resin coated image, spray painted lace, all attached to a faux leather panel. Never sold and it didn't seem to interest anyone so after a few years I just took it apart and reused the pieces in other artwork. The hand ended up on this painting.


Comments

Undaunted said…
Wow, those stones look so real! I only knew it was a painting because of the chain. Very impressive.
Janvangogh said…
Milliken's paintings are great. I can see why you enjoy them.
Undaunted said…
I must say, I love how your music fits your subject. This piece of music is beautiful, and I confess, the first piece I have listened to all the way through when visiting your blog. Not that I didn't love Hendrix or the Israelites! I haven't been able to get those tunes out of my head!
JafaBrit's Art said…
I am glad you enjoy the music undaunted. I agree the Gregorian chant is really quite beautiful :)
EuroYank said…
your comment - ,, romanticized imagery isn't my cup of tea, but it is interesting to see such a collection here and what it might say about a society.

my retoret - I suggest you wake up and drink coffee. and stop mixing sherry with your tea and crumpets!
Jafagirls said…
Oh Euro Yank, I don't drink coffee LOL! and never, I won't give up me tea, sherry and crumpets!!!!!!!!!

thanks for dropping by :)
Jafagirls said…
Dang I can't remember the last time I had crumpets. I must away to the store and get some immediately or else.
JafaBrit's Art said…
On a more serious not though EuroYank, if you spent any time looking at my work or who I am you will know that I woke up a looooooooong time ago.
Eugene said…
I love the feel of your work. You're amazingly talented...

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