This new painting will be my Christmas card this year.
Featured is the Assumption of the Virgin with Saints Julian and Minias by the artist, Andrea del Castagno, painted in 1449. The Rector of a church in Florence commissioned the painting for an altarpiece - a church that dated back to the 11th century. In 1888, the church was demolished during the Reconstruction of Florence and the altarpiece was purchased by the Staatliche Museum in Berlin, where visitors can view this remarkable work of art.
The original photograph is by Stefan Draschan, who kindly gave me permission to use it as a reference.
This Thursday evening is the opening for the exhibit
titled Cats vs. Dogs
This exhibit will be held at The Vendue in Charleston SC. Thirty artists from around the world have each created one piece that identifies the artist as either a 'cat person' or a 'dog person'. The Vendue calls it a tongue-in-cheek competition to finally determine the better species. It's the dog. Of course it's the dog.
A portion of all sales from the exhibit will be donated to the Charleston Animal Society and The Vendue will match the donation dollar for dollar.
My contribution to the exhibit is Top Dog - featuring a portrait of Ludovico Madruzzo by the artist Giovanni Battista Moroni, admired by a man of cloth in the Art Institute of Chicago. Madruzzo was an Italian Roman Catholic cardinal during the 1500's, the portrait includes his loyal hunting dog by his side, a symbol of privilege.
Please click here for a larger view of my painting Top Dog.
It's not just that the artist, Wayne Thiebaud, paints cakes, pies, cupcakes, ice cream cones and a variety of splendid desserts - he brushes on paint as if he were applying icing. He swirls. He wiggles. And damn if every stroke and every touch of color, often unexpected color, is perfection. The last time I was at the National Gallery of Art in DC, I stood just as close as this woman and thought this is heaven.
To mention, this is another small study for a larger painting. And I really can't wait to start.
"You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you have, the better it is... unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far." ~ Alice Neel
"If I had the energy, I would have done it all over the country" - Edward Hopper
"It's what you carry to an object that counts." - Andrew Wyeth
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