Sunday, April 4, 2010
Vincenzo Catena (c. 1470-1531)
As with all his work, Vincenzo Catena's portraits of men of the Venetian Renaissance show a color sense that is close to Giorgione's. Both artist's depiction of light seems inspired by each day's magic hour. Vincenzo Catena's forms have a distinctly simplified, almost geometric clarity. The great arc of shoulders of each sitter is surmounted by a head as elegant and focused as a bird's.