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La Tour: L’Europa della luce

La Tour: L’Europa della luce

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La Tour: L’Europa della luce
(La Tour: The Europe of Light)

W021341 | $115.00
Exhibition Catalog

Ed. by Francesca Cappelletti and Thomas Clement Salomon. Palazzo Reale, Milan, 2020. Published by Skira Editore, Milan.

368 pp. 170 col. ills. 31 x 25 cm. In Italian. Hardcover.

ISBN 9788857243146

Published on the occasion of the first exhibition in Italy dedicated to Georges de La Tour, the volume documents the work of this surprising protagonist of European artistic history and, through targeted comparisons between the masterpieces of French master and those of other greats of his time, offers a new reflection on the art of painting from nature and on the experiments of light, addressing the profound questions that still surround the work of this mysterious artist. Georges de La Tour's painting is characterized by a profound contrast between the crudely realistic "diurnal" themes, which show an unfiltered existence, with faces marked by poverty and the inexorable passage of time and "nocturnal" themes with splendid figures illuminated by the light of a candle: absorbed, silent, moving models. A powerful contrast between the merciless world of the "diurnal" and the compassionate representation of the "nocturnal" scenes, between brutal realism and delicate spirituality. Among the masterpieces of the master, coming from some of the greatest international institutions, the moving emotional intensity of the "Penitent Magdalene" (about 1635-1640), the raw realism canvas depicting "The brawl between mendicant musicians" (about 1625-1630) stand out. , the tragic and emblematic austerity of the "Hurdy-gurdy player with dog", the domestic intimacy of the "Education of the Virgin" (about 1650), the game of contrasts of "Job mocked by his wife" (Around 1650) and the intense chiaroscuro effects of the "Young man blowing on an ember" (around 1640). The master's masterpieces are flanked by about twenty splendid works by contemporary artists such as Paulus Bor, Jan Lievens, Throphime Bigot, Frans Hals with two magnificent portraits of evangelists, Jan van Bijlert, Gerrit Van Honthorst, (known in Italy as Gherardo delle Notti ), Adam de Coster and Carlo Saraceni. The volume presents the contributions of Francesca Cappelletti, Pierre Rosenberg, Jean-Pierre Cuzin, Gail Feigenbaum, Dimitri Salmon, Gianni Papi, Rossella Vodret with Giorgio Leone, Carlo Giantomassi and Donatella Zari, Matteo Mancinelli, Manfredi Merluzzi and the catalog of works divided into sections (Magdalene in the light of the candle; The "Apostles" of Albi and the new images of the saints; After Caravaggio; The deceptions of realism; A monumental poverty; Painting the night; "A San Sebastian at night"; The reality of loneliness; The other works).

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- France -- 1600-1800 -- Painting --

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