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Art Object of the Month

Object of the Month - Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, called Sodoma (1477 - 1549), Portrait of a young man (Antonio Spannocchi?)

This striking drawing is exemplary of how attributions and identifications of a work of art can change over time. Old master drawings - which we now admire as complete art objects - are often exercises, ideas and intermediate stages in the creative process that leads to a finished piece. They are also regarded as direct expressions of creativity, of unmediated artistic thought, manifestations of the uniqueness of an artist.

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL - Object of the Month: Bernardo Daddi (active from 1312 - died 1348), Four Musical Angels

Bernardo Daddi was the leading painter of his generation in Florence. Celebrated for his devotional panels, his style combines a strong physicality of the painted figures, something that he probably learned in Giotto’s workshop, with the graceful and tender depiction of human relationships.



Drawing of the month: The Battle of the Amazons (c. 1618), Anthony van Dyck and others, after Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

This drawing depicts the legendary battle between the Greeks and the Amazons (a tribe of female warriors from Greek mythology) on the bridge over the river Thermodon. It was executed after Peter Paul Rubens’ painting of the same topic now in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich.



Drawing of the Month: Alexander and Bucephalus (recto), Designs for a wall decoration (verso) (early 1550s) - Taddeo Zuccaro (1529-66)

Taddeo Zuccaro was a highly influential artist in Rome during the late sixteenth century. Tempted by Rome and the possibilities it presented to work on prestigious projects, he moved to the city at the age of fourteen to make his career as an artist.



Drawing of the Month: The Deposition, Pontormo (1494-1557)

Jacopo Carrucci, called Pontormo (1494 – 1557), was one of the most controversial artists of the generation after Leonardo and Raphael. According to Vasari he studied with Leonardo and Piero di Cosimo, but rather than just imitating his masters he pushed the creative aims of the Renaissance to their utmost boundaries and developed his own idiosyncratic style. This drawing is a prime example of how Pontormo invented complex poses and eccentrically elongated figures to create a highly sophisticated and artificial elegance. The finished painting, for which this is the compositional study, also reveals Pontormo’s vibrant and dramatic use of colours.

Drawing of the Month: The Virgin and Child with Saints and Angels, Correggio (1489-1534)

Antonio Allegri called Correggio (1489-1534) was the leading painter of the early 16th century in Parma. His most influential work is the fresco in the dome of the Cathedral of Parma. This ground breaking illusionistic painting depicts The Assumption of the Virgin (1534) in the central cupola with the figure of Mary ascending through a sea of limbs, faces and swirling drapery into a vision of heaven.


June Drawing of the Month: Head of a child looking up, Federico Barocci (1533-1612)

Federico Barocci (1533-1612) was one of the great Italian painters of the 16th and early 17th centuries - contemporary with artists such as Caravaggio and Annibale Carracci.





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