Bruegel’s Zig Zag

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The Renaissance art historian Bernard Berenson claimed that  Lorenzo Lotto’s “St. Nicholas in his Glory” contained his favorite Renaissance landscape (example 1). It occupies only about a quarter of the painting. I found it where Berenson remembers it, in a … Continued

Intimate to Infinite

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Over a thousand years ago Chinese painting scholars advised artists to follow some basic principles. They included presenting a landscape with an experience of the near, middle and far distance. Vertical arrangements should consider the earthly or worldly lower domain … Continued

Mapping Light, Finding Edges

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Mapping cities was one of the earliest modes for picturing them. From the Tang dynasty of ancient China to European concepts of ideal cities in the early Italian Renaissance we have pictured cities as we conceive and desire them to … Continued