Friday, April 27, 2018

01 Works, RELIGIOUS ART - Interpretation of the Bible! With Footnotes - # 43a

CIMA da Conegliano, (b. ca. 1459, Conegliano, d. 1517/18, Conegliano)
St Helena, c. 1495
Oil on panel
40 x 32 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Helena, St. Helena, or St. Helen ( c. 250 – c. 330), was a Greek native from the Greek city of Drepana in the province of Bithynia in Asia Minor (Turkey). She became the consort of the future Roman Emperor Constantius Chlorus (reigned 293-306) and the mother of the future Emperor Constantine the Great (reigned 306-337). She ranks as an important figure in the history of Christianity and of the world due to her major influence on her son. Tradition credits her with a pilgrimage to Syria Palaestina, particularly to Jerusalem, during which she allegedly discovered the True Cross. More St. Helena 

Giovanni Battista Cima, also called Cima da Conegliano (c. 1459  c. 1517) was an Italian Renaissance painter, who mostly worked in Venice. He can be considered part of the Venetian school, though he was also influenced by Antonello da Messina, in the emphasis he gives to landscape backgrounds and the tranquil atmosphere of his works. Once formed, his style did not change greatly. He mostly painted religious subjects, often on a small scale for homes rather than churches, but also a few, mostly small, mythological ones, which have a special charm.

He often repeated popular subjects in different versions with slight variations, including his Madonnas and Saint Jerome in a Landscape. His paintings of the Madonna and Child include several variations of a composition that have a standing infant Jesus, which in turn are repeated several times. More on Giovanni Battista Cima





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