Saturday, October 14, 2017

J. Paul Getty Museum presents "Sacred Landscapes: Nature in Renaissance Manuscripts"

"Scenes from the Creation, from the Prayer Book of Cardinal Albrecht of Bradenburg about 1525-30, Bruges, Simon Bening. The J. Paul Getty Museum
LOS ANGELES—Artists, intellectuals, and pious members of society in Renaissance Europe looked to nature for inspiration and guidance in their contemplation of divine order. The elements of the natural world—including rocks, trees, flowers, waterways, mountains, and even atmosphere—were combined in paintings, drawings, and manuscript illuminations to create expansive landscapes and vistas, which often formed the settings for secular and religious texts. Sacred Landscapes: Nature in Renaissance Manuscripts, on view October 10, 2017–January 14, 2018, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, explores the genre of landscape painting in works of art created for personal or communal devotion. [More]