Their separate egos are hereby erased when the two saints conjoin in an embrace, which echoes the cave behind them, a cosmic hug of sorts, clinching the final humanistic coda of this panel.
The predella panel of Fra Angelico’s Perugia Altarpiece envisions the humble yet heroic life of Saint Nicholas, also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker.
One of my favorite paintings in the world is Maso di Banco’s St. Sylvester Resurrecting the Two Magi Killed by a Dragon and I’ve never seen it in person.
I was introduced to this painting in an undergraduate art history survey class and didn’t think much of it.
Niccolo di Pietro, Saint Ursula and Her Maidens, ca. 1410, Tempera and gold on wood, 37 x 31 inches I love stories. I have always loved them more in pictures than in words -- narrative events shown rather than told. All paintings tell stories. Perhaps it is the core...