14 Mar 2011

Bacon and Daumier

A recent entry on one of Daumier’s Don Quixote and Sancho Panza paintings showed that the knight’s lance and shield are really substitutes for the artist’s brush and palette.  Even the other way round, when Daumier depicted an artist in his studio, the painter's tools resemble the Don’s...

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02 May 2010

Letters in the Art of All Periods

In this painting of St Jerome by Antonio da Fabriano (active mid-15th-century) the biblical translator is not only writing letters; he is one. He's the artist's initial. His triangular form crossed by the edge of the table-top describes a large A for Antonio.

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