If you’re like me, and sometimes crave a quiet moment to be alone to clear your mind –even for only a couple hours, I often find a great escape is to an art gallery or museum. It’s one of my most favourite things to do whether I’m here or away. There’s comfort and solitude in these public spaces and this current exhibition is worth checking out.
The Art Gallery of Ontario is currently featuring stunning works of art in the exhibition REVEALING THE EARLY RENAISSANCE: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art.
- The Early Renaissance is considered one of the most crucial and dynamic periods in Western art history.
- Wealthy 14th-century citizens commissioned extravagant works covered with gold leaf and crushed gemstones.
- For the first time in history, artists attempted to portray real people and local buildings in their scenes.
- Giotto was the first Renaissance artist to attempt to make people and space look three dimensional.
- Because people wanted to see themselves in the art, contemporary hairstyles and fashion were depicted (or portrayed).
Illuminated by Pacino di Bonaguida and the Master of the Dominican Effigies, the
Laudario of Sant’Agnese represents the most beautifully executed and ambitiously
designed illuminated manuscript from the period. The Laudario was disassembled in
the early 19th century and its pages were sold to various collectors across Europe.
For the first time in modern history, the 24 surviving pages of the manuscript’s
original 28 leaves are reunited for this exhibition.