Tag Archives: Giorgione

THE BRIDGE OF SIGHS: Stranded in Venice

For a thousand years Venice held, “the gorgeous east in fee” and set its own terms for the West. Then Napoleon saw a bluff…and called it…. In Venice’s finest years she was a hard, unyielding, brilliant sort of state; an … Continue reading

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ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: PSYCHIC INTENSITY OF THE COSMIC OPERA

The earliest reference to Giorgione indicates that he was commissioned to paint frescoes in the Fondaco dei Tedeschi (“Guildhouse of the German Merchants”) in Venice in 1508 and that he was aided in this undertaking by the young Titian. Vasari, … Continue reading

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PRIVATE LANGUAGE and SACRED CONVERSATIONS

Encounters with robbers in the desert…No need for the cross of salvation?…..An esoteric language, an Aristolean network, an ambiguity, or “pentimenti”–changes of mind— of ¬†additional, multiple and complex narratives under the surface….. The mystery intrigues and continues to prevail…. The … Continue reading

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RHETORIC OF ENIGMA:The Hidden Subject

Giorgione is counted among the world’s great painters, even though only a handful of paintings are certified as certain to be uniquely attributed to him. The “Tempesta” is his most famous work, but its meaning is still unclear. The enigmatic … Continue reading

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Tempesta: enigma of of visual poetry

It is a rhetoric of enigma and the art of indeterminacy. Behind this curtain is a paradox of narrative mystification. Giorgione is the most mysterious and perhaps the greatest of all Venetian Renaissance artists- but only a handful of paintings … Continue reading

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A GOOD SIN TO SOFTEN YOU

In the Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare,the Christians of the play universally assume that they’re a nobler species than Jews, but Shylock insists that they’re no more pure than Jews and Jews no less human than Christians.Purity and humanity being … Continue reading

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