Day: 17 June 2015

PREVIOUS: VAN EYCK, THE ARNOLFINI PORTRAIT Sandro Botticelli: Venus and Mars: about 1480-90 We’re back across the Alps to Florence for this painting, Botticelli’s Venus and Mars. Venus, the god of Love, reclines on a red cushion watching her lover Mars, the god of War, as he sleeps on a pink blanket. And it’s a […]
 Margarito d’Arezzo – The Virgin and Child Enthroned, with Narrative Scenes. About 1263-64 This is one of the earliest pictures in the National Gallery, dating as it does from the later part of the 13th century. We can see the Virgin Mary seated on a throne decorated with lions’ heads, and Christ enthroned in the […]
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