John Dubrow on Titian

John Dubrow on Titian

Titian, Flaying of Marsyas, 1570-1576, Oil on canvas, 83 x 81 inches I first saw Titian’s Flaying of Marsyas in the winter of 1984. I had moved to Brooklyn from the Bay Area just 5 months before, when I heard the Flaying of Marsyas was at the Royal Academy in...
Julie Heffernan on Andrea Mantegna

Julie Heffernan on Andrea Mantegna

Andrea Mantegna, Parnassus (Mars and Venus), 1497, Tempera and gold on canvas, 63 x 76 inches Andrea Mantegna offers up a grand celebration in Parnassus (Mars and Venus), brilliant in both its design and its conception of an event. It is a fete champetre par...
Lourdes Bernard on Pieter Bruegel

Lourdes Bernard on Pieter Bruegel

Peter Bruegel, Wine of St. Martin’s Feast Day, 1566 – 1567, Tempera on linen, 148 x 270.5 cm. Restored by El Prado The Wine of Saint Martin’s Day by Pieter Bruegel has preoccupied me since 2009, after coming across it in the fifth Bruegel book I ever...
Clarity Haynes on Domenico Ghirlandaio

Clarity Haynes on Domenico Ghirlandaio

Domenico Ghirlandaio, An Old Man and his Grandson, ca. 1490, Tempera on panel, 62.7 x 46.3 cm. Louvre, Paris. Ask me what my favorite painting is — a very hard question since there are so many — and I’ll eventually come up with An Old Man and his Grandson by Domenico...
Max Kozloff on Pieter Bruegel and his P.O.V.

Max Kozloff on Pieter Bruegel and his P.O.V.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Flemish Proverb, 1559, Oil on oak wood, 46 x 64 inches Though Pieter Bruegel illustrated folksy proverbs with affection, as part of his culture, he did not treat them as truths to be advocated. In fact, the wisdom of his art goes beyond them...