Monday, March 19, 2007

Paintings I Like, pt. 3

Giorgione and/or Titian, The Pastoral Concert, c. 1510. Oil on canvas, 42" x 54."

I prefer Venetian Renaissance paintings to the Florentine and northern schools because of the way the Venetians used color, or more specifically the way they used close-valued colors to create the hazy light that permeated the pictures. This picture is, in my view, the best example of that particular Venetian mist.

The attribution has changed a few times on this picture. It was originally attributed to Giorgione, then some said it was completed by Titian after Giorgione's death (plague, age 33), but I believe the present attribution is solely to Titian.