Thursday, August 23, 2018

01 Paintings, Olympian deities, by the Old Masters, with footnotes # 24

UMBRIAN-SIENESE SCHOOL
Paris
Oil on poplar panel
48.8 x 28.6 cm.; 19 1/4  x 11 1/4  in.
Private collection


Paris, also known as Alexander, the son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy, appears in a number of Greek legends. Probably the best known was his elopement with Helen, queen of Sparta, this being one of the immediate causes of the Trojan War. Later in the war, he fatally wounds Achilles in the heel with an arrow as foretold by Achilles’s mother. More on Paris

Umbrian Painting. In 1236 the works of the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi began, and renowned artists came from different regions, among them Giunta Pisano, Cimabue from Florence, Giotto from Rome, Simone Martini and Pietro Lorenzetti from Siena. Thanks to them, and their followers, Umbria became part of the history of Italian painting. Giotto, with the frescos of upper basilica of Assisi, inaugurated a new pictorial language. The Sienese school prevailed on the others and dominated Umbrian artistic life until the middle of the 15th century. More on Umbrian Paintings



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