Monday, December 06, 2010

A Favorite

The Wilton Diptych, c. 1394 for King Richard the II, artist unknown, National Gallery, London.

One of my favorite of the Madonna and Child images. The blues are so vivid especially against the gold. It is the size of a regular book when closed. Diptych refers to the two parts of the painting.


Mary Beth said...

This is indeed a stunning icon. I LOVE all the minute detailing - the flowered wreaths etc. I agree the gold vs blue is just amazing.

One has to wonder about the thought process that would create such a piece and its purpose. To allow meditation on the closeness of the king to God? To remind the king of his link to the Divine? To allow him to think he is up there with the bigger players? Just how my curious mind works I guess.

Susan Benford said...

It's stunning AND mysterious -- art historians are confident it was painted during the reign of Richard II (1377-99), but can't be more specific. Additionally, even the nationality and identity of this artist can't be specified -- current thinking suggests he was English, French, Bohemian or Flemish!

Yet another art history wonder...

sharon graham said...

Martha, I wish I had taken the time to thank you sooner for the joy your site has brought me.
Not having been eposed to art in my youth, I find that I have a real hunger for it now.
Some of the ones that speak to me, I have printed and written stories about which deepens the experience of the piece for me.
So, thank you for the effort you put into this site.

Martha said...

Thank you, Sharon. I am glad you enjoy the site. Happy 2011!


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