Carlo Crivelli, an overlooked Renaissance master, in Boston

By Roberta Smith
Carlo Crivelli’s “The Virgin and Child With Infants Bearing Symbols of the Passion,” circa 1460. Credit Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona
MASSACHUSETTS---If your admiration for Italian Renaissance painting is more culturally received than deeply felt, “Ornament and Illusion: Carlo Crivelli of Venice” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is the show to see. It is the first exhibition in an American museum devoted to Crivelli, a great but neglected Early Renaissance master, and his fabulously fraught panel paintings, with their charged emotional moods, exquisitely detailed and richly appointed settings, gleaming trompe l’oeil jewels and tracts of gold gilt. [link]

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: “Ornament and Illusion: Carlo Crivelli of Venice” (Ends January 25, 2016); 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA; (617) 566-1401, gardnermuseum­.org
“The Dead Christ With the Virgin, St. John and St. Mary Magdalene,” a 1485 work by Crivelli. Credit Museum of Fine Arts, Boston