Sunday, March 29, 2020


By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
“Saint Rosalie Interceding for the Plague-stricken of Palermo” (1624) by Anthony van Dyck
Before Covid-19, there were plaques and artists, like everyone else, are impacted by them. That's why we were excited to see The New York Times story on how a quarantined Anthony van Dyck painted a portrait of Saint Rosalie of Palermo as she saved his city from a plaque in 1624. The artist seized that moment 400 years ago to create new work. We see the same in Indy, such as the colorful COVID-19 inspired masks of Philip Campbell you can see on Instagram. Even during a pandemic, artists keep creating, and that makes Anthony van Dyck, our artist of the week.

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Anthony van Dyck, “Self-Portrait” (ca. 1620–21). via The Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Saint Rosalie Interceding for the Plague-stricken of Palermo,” by Anthony van Dyck, made during the artist’s time in quarantine, is itself quarantined, in its assigned place for “Making the Met.” The commemoration of the museum’s 150th birthday, due to open next week, has been postponed because of the coronavirus. Vincent Tullo for The New York Times
"Lamentation over the Dead Christ" (c 1630s) via Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
Self-Portrait with a Sunflower (after 1633) via Eaton Hall, Cheshire, England