A Painter of Luminosity
With Piero light both surrounds and creates form.
… All light vibrates and natural light is fully rendered in painting only when free play is given to its vibrations, the dance of molecules. Piero’s light, however, does not move; it illuminates and creates its own world, a world other than ours, august, serene, over which time flows unavailing, for it is founded in eternity.
- Lionello Venturi
The first work signed by Piero, the Early Renaissance painter. With the inscription: PETRI DE BURGO SANCTI SEPULCRI OPUS
Such eloquence in paint. Gently… quietly, infused with life. It is a small panel hanging silently, unassumingly on a wall in the L’Accademia in Venice. Small in size but huge in impact.
Piero della Francesca, St Jerome and a Donor, 1451
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Otherwise known as M.
One of his great works, is this. Restorers say he worked out the composition on the canvas. A more intuitive approach. Caravaggio, the great Italian Baroque painter, knew exactly what he was doing. He was telling a story with great emotional power through gesture and facial expression. No words were needed here.
This is the moment… the dramatic moment when Jesus Christ revealed his identity to two of his disciples. Beardless, they had not recognised him.
‘… he took bread, and blessed it, and brake and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight’ (Luke 24: 30-31).
Caravaggio, Supper at Emmaus, 1601 (National Gallery London)
Go see it. Experience it.