Stephanie and Russell are back with another serving and boy, is it a _ROMP_.
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This week, join them as they head further back into Art History than ever before – to the 16th century to introduce El Greco, a catalyst of Modern Art.
Looking to make it big, El Greco left the island life of Crete for the bustling Italian cities of Venice and Rome. There, he picked up traits from Renaissance and Mannerism styles and added some hometown Post-Byzantine spice – resulting in a bizarre yet stunning combination of colors and dynamic compositions never before seen in art history. He also made some friends - and enemies - along the way.
Despite the Counter Reformation’s harsh grip on Europe, EG was still able to thrive utilizing his strange style (that echoed his eccentric personality) to continually score commissions while managing to stand out amongst his contemporaries.
After his death, he was mostly forgotten about until his rediscovery in the 19th century. Modern artists of the 20th century claimed him since he laid the groundwork for breaking visual tradition. And it was famous works like The Annunciation (1597) that caught the eye of Remedios Varo and Pablo Picasso among other art giants like Paul Cezanne.
Stephanie and Russell discuss the first iterations of abstraction present in The Annunciation (1597) in which a teenage Mary is receiving heavenly news from towering angels and a turbulent celestial cloud column with floating cherub heads.
Topics include: the rebranding of the Catholic Church (RC²), a lotta olives, trash talking Michelangelo (not us), long babies, miniature galleries for rats, time travel, and a plushie Remedios Varo mascot.
There is no Art Pantry this week because Bean is missing.
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