Death of Leonardo
Continuing to exploit the Met inventory (where I chanced to turn up all those mesmerizing Roman artifacts yesterday) attention now turns to a group of accessions from miscellaneous European cultures and periods, acquired by the Museum over the past century or so. As before, only the sketchiest of texts were found in company with images of very high quality.
That angel at top descends from many centuries of progressively refined Italian angels. Animated by supernatural momentum it floats free of earth, yet remains at the same time obedient to laws of earthly physics. If one figure were wanted to demonstrate the essential paradox of the baroque, this one would do the job.
|Ink & wash|
Design for ornamentation, rear axle of a carriage
Bridge of Augustine
Helen Wills (tennis champion)
Brigitta Wens by Alfred Stieglitz
Limestone Foot with suspension hole
|Implement to loosen knots|
|Pat of dried mud (with thumbprints)|
Fragment of material formerly sealing the sarcophagus of Tutankhamun
1329 B.C., excavated 1909
This modest group of artifacts also happens to represent post number 3,000 on the rolling screen called Spencer Alley, in continuous (not to say obsessive) daily operation since 2008.