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Gothic altarpiece in the Galleria de Accademia in Venice.

Italy – Gothic Inspiration

This month I was fortunate enough to travel and teach in Italy. I was there teaching with Encausticamp International at a lovely villa outside of Florence. It was not only my first trip to Italy, but my first trip to Europe. I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would. The food, the wine, the culture and the art! I found that I fell in love (once again) with the Gothic painting and tapestries. There’s something about the stylized narratives and the fine details of craftsmanship in these works that I find fascinating. It was hard to take pictures of the overall pieces so I’ll share a lot of the detail shots here.

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Medieval tapestry detail in the Vatican Museum.
Medieval tapestry detail.
Medieval tapestry detail in the Vatican Museum.
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Gothic painting detail from inside the cathedral in Siena.
Gothic painting detail
Gothic painting detail from Gallerie de Accademia in Venice.

 

Gothic painting detail from Gallerie de Accademia in Venice.
Gothic painting detail from Gallerie de Accademia in Venice.
Gothic painting detail
Gothic painting in the cathedral in Siena.
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Portion of large painting in the cathedral in Siena.
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Gothic painting detail.
image of Gothic painting detail
Gothic painting detail.
image of Gothic painting detail
Gothic painting detail.

Ok, so these last two are technically not Gothic but Renaissance, but I love these images and was thrilled to see this painting.

Detail from Leonardo DaVinci's "The Annunciation"
Detail from Leonardo DaVinci’s “The Annunciation”.
Detail from Leonardo DaVinci's "The Annunciation"
Detail from Leonardo DaVinci’s “The Annunciation”. This is my new screensaver….