Show us your favorite work of art (fiction, music, sculpture, painting, architecture, dance, etc).
Submitted by Dean.
I adore sharing this sort of thing. The answers from other Voxers so far have been cool. But Dean, baby, I don't do favorites. I love so much stuff! I'm not fickle, though, I keep loving the stuff even after I've found new stuff to love.
I like this idea so much that I'm going to share 12 or 15 Things I Love over the next little while here, starting with one of my favorite paintings, The Sacrifice of Isaac, by Peter-Paul Rubens. Unfortunately, this is a screenshot of a reproduction, uploaded to my server because Vox isn't letting me upload anything today.
This painting has been a favorite of mine for many years, yet I could find almost nothing about it on the internet. It's housed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, and so I wrote to the curator there to ask about it. Here is part of her response.
As part of the opening of the new Bloch Building, we have put our very best works on display in the galleries, including Rubens’ Sacrifice of Isaac, which is hanging in Gallery P15. Here’s a bit of information about it, as well as the text of the wall label accompanying it:
Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish, 1577-1640
The Sacrifice of Isaac, ca. 1612-1613
Oil on wood panel
Unframed: 55 1/2 x 43 1/2 inches (140.97 x 110.49 cm)
Purchase: Nelson Trust
Gallery Location: P15
The Flemish master Rubens describes the physical and psychological intensity of the moment when God, through the intervention of an angel, prevents the sacrifice of Isaac by his father, Abraham. Abraham, who met God's challenge with anguished resolve, looks with surprise and relief into the eyes of an angel whose oblique entry into the picture plane and fluttering drapery animate the scene. Italian art and the study of classical sculpture played a pivotal role in Rubens' work. Here, the strong color and bold drapery patterns reflect the influence of Venetian painting, the muscular energy of the figures is inspired by Michelangelo, and the sculptural torso of Isaac could be a classical statue. With his customary virtuosity, Rubens combined all of these elements into a dramatic ensemble, the epitome of Baroque dynamism.
She also told me that they plan to have the entire collection available for viewing online by the end of the year. Since this is a very large painting, viewing it onscreen simply cannot do it justice. But it will be much better than nothing!