Friday, May 15, 2015

Venetian master Palma il Vecchio finally gets his own show

By Roderick Conway Morris
“Madonna and Child with Saints and Donor,” around 1515, shows how the relative stiffness of his earliest religious pictures had been replaced by an undulating compositional structure. Credit Thysssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
ITALY---In their magisterial survey in 1871 of paintings of northern Italy, G.B. Cavalcaselle and J.A. Crowe declared that Palma il Vecchio shared with Giorgione and Titian “the honor of modernizing and regenerating Venetian art.” Palma il Vecchio at last joins their company in what is the first ever exhibition entirely devoted to his work, at the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Bergamo. The show is curated by Giovanni C.F. Villa and contains 33 altarpieces, panels and canvases, representing about a third of his surviving autograph works, which are now scattered in museums and private collections. The show runs through June 21. [link]