Three years later, the National Gallery responded with 'Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces
before 1500', an exhibition dedicated to the functional design and ritual context of its Italian altarpieces
However, this presentation, as is typical of the Frick, also displayed a solid scholarly reevaluation of the remains of the Saint Augustine Altarpiece
(1454-1469), both as a key work in Piero's career and as a hallmark of his early style.
Few if any artists did more to put into practice the Church's new teaching: that an altarpiece
should not be a mere showpiece for the artist's skill but should engage ordinary believers and arouse their fervour and devotion.
In 1483, not long after his arrival in Milan, Leonardo was commissioned in company with two local brothers to complete the painted decorations for a large architectural and sculpted altarpiece
for the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception.
Published to celebrate the completion of the conservation of this altarpiece
, this small volume offers a detailed, technical account of the process of its conservation, written by David A.
The study examines acclaimed works by Caravaggio, Guercino, and Guido Reni, but also altarpieces
that no longer garner the attention and aesthetic appreciation they enjoyed immediately after their unveilings.
They were originally part of the altarpiece
of the church and convent of St Marco in Florence, broken up in the Napoleonic wars.
It is a masterwork by the artist and one of the great altarpieces
of the Italian High Renaissance.
Five sketches for altarpieces
at the Franciscan church of San Pasquale Baylon, in the Spanish town of Aranjuez, represent Tiepolo's intentions before the sketches were revised and reshaped and later discarded by Charles III, the Bourbon ruler of Spain, and his Confessor.
Pay attention to the way the frames of the altarpieces
are incorporated into the design.
Lords of Creation: The Origins of Sacred Maya Kingship,'' at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, displays rarely seen works, from precious jewels to large altarpieces
, that reflect the divine status of mortal kings thousands of years ago in southern Mexico and Central America.
Palaces, church interiors and exteriors, and paintings, altarpieces
and murals, are explored by the camera and discussed by the narrator.
The Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille is reputed to have the finest public art collection in France after the Louvre - holdings include many valuable works expropriated from local churches and religious communities during the French Revolution, among them large altarpieces
by artists of the calibre of Rubens and Van Dyck.
Rubens was in Rome in 1601-02, where he painted three altarpieces
for the church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme.
Piero's later altarpieces
and private devotional imagery assume a far less conventional and even experimental character: the Incarnation of Jesus from around 1504 is a bold visualisation of the words of the Ave Maria, with the viewer interpellated in the role of the angel before a Virgin Annunciate.