After several posts on the art of Chardin, I am diverting into some art that the bride and I just saw in Italy on a wonderful visit in October to the Amalfi Coast.
Here we have a series of three shots of the same painting, each one taken successively closer. These are from the Duomo di Salerno (Salerno Cathedral) and date from the 1600s.
That's a dog, you say? You'd be right. For the first time ever here at my regular Sunday Cats in Art post, I will feature a dog. Why? Because it was beautiful art.
We visited a church in the lovely town of Salerno that supposedly contains some bones of St. Matthew, one of Jesus' twelve disciples. You head down under the sanctuary to a crypt...but what a crypt it is! Rather than being small and dank, this is a huge open room with arches in the low ceiling, each of which has been painted with a Biblical scene involving St. Matthew.
Which Christmas approaching I figured it might be appropriate to use an image of Jesus healing a blind man:
And finally, the puppy close up:
What makes these frescoes great is that they are only some 20' above you, thus rendering them--to me and the bride--much more impactful than the famous paintings waaaaay up on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican in Rome. Each circular painting here in Salerno is perhaps 8-10" across. I didn't count but there are a couple of dozen at least.
Tucked away here. Utterly stunning.
[Gary note: With my Cats in Arts posts, I encourage you to scope out the art appreciation site Artsy (I have no financial interest in the site, I just like it), where you can explore many aspects of the world of art. You'll certainly be entertained and enlightened!]