I didn't share all the photos I took when we last visited the art gallery, so thought I would do another post today.
Venice: The Dogana and San Georgia Maggiore
Oil on canvas, 1834
Turner, Joseph Mallord William
British 1775 - 1851
Maria Teresa de Borbon y Vallabriga,
later Condesa de Chinchon
Oil on Canvas 1783
Francisco de Goya
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection
Ginevra de' Benci
Oil on Panel c. 1474-1478
Leonardo da Vinci
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund
I was in awe to see a painting on display by Leonardo da Vinci. It is the only one in America painted by the artist. Ginevra de' Benci was a Florentine noblewoman who at the age of sixteen was married to Luigi Niccolini in 1474. It is suggested that this may have been an engagement or wedding portrait, or commissioned by Bernardo Bembo, the Venetian Ambassador to Florence and Ginevra's close friend and admirer.
I was surprised that I could walk behind the painting to see the reverse side. It showed that on the back was a wreath of laurel and palm encircling a sprig of juniper. A scroll bears the Latin inscription, "Virtutem Forma Decorat" - "Beauty Adorns Virtue."
Astonishingly, and I didn't know until I read this information on line a few days after our visit, on the front of the painting you can actually see Leonardo's fingerprints on the paint surface. These show how the artist used his hand as well as a brush to blend colors and create soft, delicate edges. I dearly want to go back to the gallery to see this painting again, and look for those fingerprints. I took a photo of the explanation which you can see below. It will be easier to read if you enlarge. You can read more here.
The Black Hat
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1985
On the Stile
Watercolor, gouache and graphite on wove paper
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
Oil on Canvas
Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase Gallery Fund)
That's all for today's post. I have more photos to share another time.
Betty at Wednesday Around The World