The Flemish old masters were the first artists to paint in oils, and art was never the same.
I reported on “Saints, Sinners, Lovers and Fools: 300 Years of Flemish Masters” for Art & Object, and here’s a link to my feature. Click here to read about the exquisite exhibition sans paywall or pop-up ads.
The Flanders painters are known for their exquisite details, as well as their embedded image codes.
When I met with the two curators of “Saints, Sinners, Lovers and Fools: 300 Years of Flemish Masters,” the thought crossed my mind that we were three females–two curators and an arts writer–which was not all so common not so long ago. But the show includes three works by women, and also depicts women — everyone from the Blessed Virgin Mary to court fools.
The biggest show-stopper is the large work by Peter Paul Rubens and Studio. The a hunt scene has so much power and movement and ferocity that I could barely stand before it without a bit of vertigo.
For more about these astonishing paintings collected and conserved by The Phoebus Foundation in Belgium, click here for my feature published by Art & Object.