Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Favorite

The Wilton Diptych, c. 1394 for King Richard the II, artist unknown, National Gallery, London.

One of my favorite of the Madonna and Child images. The blues are so vivid especially against the gold. It is the size of a regular book when closed. Diptych refers to the two parts of the painting.


Blogger Mary Beth said...

This is indeed a stunning icon. I LOVE all the minute detailing - the flowered wreaths etc. I agree the gold vs blue is just amazing.

One has to wonder about the thought process that would create such a piece and its purpose. To allow meditation on the closeness of the king to God? To remind the king of his link to the Divine? To allow him to think he is up there with the bigger players? Just how my curious mind works I guess.

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