Sunday, May 04, 2008

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.


9 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...