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Daily Pic: Giovanni Bellini’s “Saint Francis in the Dessert,” in the Frick Collection in New York, begun in about 1475. The standard claim in art history is that works of art serve other social ends, such as religion or politics. But could this be a case where the religious subject - Saint Francis receiving the stigmata, in the form of God-given light - is structured to allow an artistic demonstration, about the power of oil paint to render a light infused world? Or, more likely, it’s all more complex than such binaries allow - a feedback loop between aesthetics and function.
For a more detailed examination of Bellini’s picture go to www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/07/03/giovanni-bellini-s-st-francis-painting-deconstructed.html
The Daily Pic, along with more global art news, can also be found on the  Art Beast page at thedailybeast.com.

Jul 4, 2011

Daily Pic: Giovanni Bellini’s “Saint Francis in the Dessert,” in the Frick Collection in New York, begun in about 1475. The standard claim in art history is that works of art serve other social ends, such as religion or politics. But could this be a case where the religious subject - Saint Francis receiving the stigmata, in the form of God-given light - is structured to allow an artistic demonstration, about the power of oil paint to render a light infused world? Or, more likely, it’s all more complex than such binaries allow - a feedback loop between aesthetics and function.

For a more detailed examination of Bellini’s picture go to www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/07/03/giovanni-bellini-s-st-francis-painting-deconstructed.html

The Daily Pic, along with more global art news, can also be found on theĀ  Art Beast page at thedailybeast.com.

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