RUTH LEON RECOMMENDS…Ruth Leon recommends
Cocktails with a Curator – Coronation of the Virgin – Paulo Veneziano
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This is another unmissable art history lecture from the Frick. Curator Xavier Salomon discusses one of the Frick’s earliest paintings. This one was made by Paulo Veneziano, the Father of Venetian painting in the 14th century.
Son of painters, father of painters, head of the most significant studio in Venice in the 14th century, Veneziano’s closeness to the Dominican Order led to his being commissioned to make the altar pieces for San Marco’s Dominican Basilica. This Coronation of the Virgin was one of his final works, his last dated painting, made in 1358, three years before he died, and is an important example of early Italian religious paintings that deploy precious materials – gold and silver – to evoke the divine. Thank you, Xavier, I didn’t know any of that.