12/14/2008

Williamsbrug Wreath, Van der Weyden Madonna,




































Madonna, Rogier Van der Weyden.
A fine example of Northern Renaissance painting.

There is not a direct relationship between this painting and the wreath as far as their images but I am interested in how colors in the wreath and the painting complement each other. Reminds me of Art History classes at Dunbarton College where professors Nancy Cusick or Ron Haynie would put up two slides of art works which seemed totally different in every way and point out aesthetic similarities. Invariably they would include comparison questions on exams.

I always enjoyed the comparison challenges because they opened my eyes to see more than a first glance. For example as I look at these two I begin to see how circles are important to both as well as the use of delicate lines.