Saturday, December 16, 2017

03 Paintings, RELIGIOUS ART - SIGNORELLI's Interpretations of the Resurrection of the Flesh. # 65

SIGNORELLI, Luca, (b. ca. 1450, Cortona, d. 1523, Cortona)
Resurrection of the Flesh, 1499-1502
Fresco, width 700 cm
Chapel of San Brizio, Duomo, Orvieto

"Behold, I tell you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." St Paul.

SIGNORELLI, Luca, (b. ca. 1450, Cortona, d. 1523, Cortona)
Resurrection of the Flesh, 1499-1502
Detail

In this detail, the skulls surfacing through the cracks in the ground, put on their bodies as though they were a costume, and become human beings once again.

We have to isolate the individual details in order to grasp the greatness of Signorelli the 'illustrator' and the 'inventor. The Resurrection of the Flesh,

SIGNORELLI, Luca, (b. ca. 1450, Cortona, d. 1523, Cortona)
Resurrection of the Flesh, 1499-1502
Detail

The macabre idea of the nude with his back to the observer who is carrying on a conversation with the skeletons; or the skulls surfacing through the cracks in the ground, who put on their bodies as though they were a costume, and become human beings once again.

Luca Signorelli (c. 1445 – 16 October 1523) was an Italian Renaissance painter who was noted in particular for his ability as a draughtsman and his use of foreshortening. His massive frescoes of the Last Judgment (1499–1503) in Orvieto Cathedral are considered his masterpiece. More on Luca Signorelli





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