Gentile da Fabriano. Detail from Coronation of the Virgin, 1420.
No one before Bernini had managed to make marble so carnal. In his nimble hands it would flatter and stream, quiver and sweat. His figures weep and shout, their torses twist and run, and arch themselves in spasms of intense sensation. He could, like an alchemist, change one material into another - marble into trees, leaves, hair, and, of course, flesh.
- Simon Schama’s Power of Art. Bernini
This episode was almost pornographic. It was awesome.
Federico de Madrazo y Kuntz. Detail from Gertrudis Goméz de Avellaneda, 1857.
ART: Kimsooja’s Room of Rainbows
South Korean-born artist Kimsooja has had a long, intense career full of installations, performances, photography, videos and site-specific project. This particular installation from 2006 is at the Palace de Cristal in Madrid.
Raffaelo Monti - Veiled Lady, 1860