Painters of Reality: The Legacy of Leonardo and Caravaggio in Lombardy

Painters of Reality The Legacy of Leonardo and Caravaggio in Lombardy Inspired largely by Leonardo s brilliant naturalistic work for the Sforza court in Milan Lombard artists of the late fifteenth century began to use direct observation to investigate the natural world

  • Title: Painters of Reality: The Legacy of Leonardo and Caravaggio in Lombardy
  • Author: Andrea Bayer Andrea Bayer Martin Kemp Linda Wolk-Simon
  • ISBN: 9780300102758
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Inspired largely by Leonardo s brilliant naturalistic work for the Sforza court in Milan, Lombard artists of the late fifteenth century began to use direct observation to investigate the natural world This heritage was of considerable importance in northern Italian art for two centuries, finding its greatest expression in the works of Caravaggio and influencing the courseInspired largely by Leonardo s brilliant naturalistic work for the Sforza court in Milan, Lombard artists of the late fifteenth century began to use direct observation to investigate the natural world This heritage was of considerable importance in northern Italian art for two centuries, finding its greatest expression in the works of Caravaggio and influencing the course of Baroque painting in Rome and eventually elsewhere in Europe Painters of Reality identifies the salient characteristics of this naturalistic strand in Lombard art Building on the scholarship of renowned art historian Roberto Longhi, the authors reexamine the subject in light of subsequent literature Essays range from broad discussions of naturalism in Lombard paintings and drawings including a fresh consideration of works by Caravaggio to specialized treatments of Leonardo s influence, the schools of painting centered in Brescia, Bergamo, Cremona, and Milan, and Caravaggio s most notable successors in northern Italy Moroni, and Ceruti and other significant but less widely known figures are represented With its devotion to recording the unvarnished truth of daily life, its meticulously observed still lifes and landscapes, and its dramatic use of highly focused light to define form, Lombard art was hugely influential in its time and still holds much appeal today This book is the catalogue of an exhibition jointly organized by the Associazione Promozione Iniziative Culturali di Cremona and The Metropolitan Museum of Art and held in Cremona February 14 to May 2, 2004 and at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 23 to August 14, 2004.

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    1. I gained from this books presentation of the development of naturalistic art from Leonardo through the 1700s. The articles were well focused and open up further interest in the developments of these centuries.

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