Close Observation

Bellini, The Ecstasy of St.Francis, (detail)

One of the great benefits of the Google Art Project is the amazing detail that it delivers. Often in museums one has to crane beyond ropes and railings to get close to  paintings so as to observe intricacies of detail and paint-handling which artists always want to see. Holbein’s portrait of  Sir Thomas More at the Frick Museum is an example, and so is Bellini’s  Ecstasy of St. Francis. James Elkins describes the Bellini as “the painting that means most to me”, and offers a close observation of the painting, including commentary on accompanying details, in this article in the Huffington Post.

Posted by Robert Armstrong

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