Rogeir Van der Weyden, The Crucifixion, with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist Mourning, c.1460, Oil on panel, 71 x 73 3/8 inches, Philadelphia Museum of Art It was on a trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1982 that I first encountered what is now my...
A small painting: 12 inches wide by 16 inches high. Thin, lightly touched scrapes and dabs of paint in ochres, viridian greens, and a flurry of blues.
And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.” (St. Luke)
Seeing an Annunciation painting in Italy is about as easy as it was to find hair gel in a locker at my midwestern high school in the 80s.
The day after the Piero della Francesca show opened at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, I was up there to see this small gem of an exhibit.
This is my go to painting. When I’m downtown with any time to spare, I’m here. If I’m in the museum for any reason, I touch base here.
Stretch, a moment, a hide taut between threads and wind the threads around a wooden frame. Stitch this skin, recently nestled over sinew and muscle and organ and bone…