Monday, 30 May 2011

Assumption of the Virgin

This beautiful Renaissance fresco (ceiling painting) is by Antonio Corregio. It depicts the Virgin Mary being lifted upwards amidst a vortex of musical angels. I just think that this painting is magical, painted upon the inside of the dome of Parma Cathedral in Italy, the swirling vortex draws the viewer into the composition, as opposed to one looking in upon the scene as though through a window as so many other interpretations of the Assumption do. The colours also, are majestic. The bright golden light at the summit of the dome is a focal point, to which all movement in the scene is leading. By all accounts, re-printed images of this work do not do it justice. I find the pictures of it beautiful, imagine what it would be like in the flesh...


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