Drop in to the Glucksman on Tuesday or Sunday at 1.30pm to view a short and insightful film about a major work of art. For the month of June the focus is on the Italian Renaissance Masters.
Masaccio: A view of Mankind
The Florentine painter Masaccio (1401-28) was among the most innovatory and influential of the earlier masters of the Italian Renaissance. His seriousness in the depiction of realistically observed people in convincing situations struck an entirely new note and, as Sir Lawrence Gowing shows in this film, Masaccio’s ability to render the human subject in three-dimensional space remains one of the great breakthroughs in the history of visual representation. From the outset, Masaccio was clearly the natural successor to Giotto – the first major artist of the European painting tradition – and the simple grandeur of his early triptych for the church at San Giovenale is vividly contrasted to the prevailing spirit of European Gothic art. Masaccio’s masterpieces – his paintings for the Carmelite church in Pisa, and in the Florentine churches of Santa Maria del Carmine and Santa Maria Novella – are closely analyzed in terms of both their painterly technique and their underlying themes, which reflect Masaccio’s deep intuition of the nature of human social responsibility and religious imperatives. His work is set against the background of the hot-house cultural flowering of early fifteenth-century Florence, which aimed to outdo all other Italian cities in its artistic achievements. Masaccio is seen throughout as a painter whose technical mastery served a passionate realism devoid of idealizing or decorative elements – a view that puts him at the heart of any debate about the purpose and potential of great art.
Running time 40 minutes
For the month of June the series will also feature:
Pisanello Tuesday 9 & Sunday 14 June
Masaccio: A View of Mankind, Tuesday 16 & Sunday 21 June
The Young Michelangelo, Tuesday 23 & Sunday 28 June
The World of the painter Paolo Veronese Tuesday 30 June & Sunday 5 July
Glucksman screenings are FREE of charge and take place at 1.30pm downstairs in the River Room
|Category:||Arts and Cultural Events: Glucksman Gallery|
|Location:||River Room, Lewis Glucksman Gallery|
|Target Audience:||All Welcome|
|Admission Price: €||Free|
021 490 1844