When Paolo Veronese was asked for the origin of such a shadow without apparent reason on a group that told dark against a light mass, he said, there is " a passing cloud."<< Previous page
Titian was one, if not the first, to break up landscape masses with accidental light and shadow, as in the " Bacchus and Ariadne," and its aid is resorted to by both landscape and figure painters in concentrating the light interest on a main incident, on the heads and shoulders of portraits, to obscure distracting detail, and to invest with mystery, when discreetly used, what might often be bald and unpicturesque without it.
In the corner of this picture there is a wonderful note of colour quality in the wing of the cherub.
"ST. GEORGE AND THE DRAGON." — A daring
harmony, made of the blue dress and the rose of the flying drapery of the running female figure, draws one to this picture. The madders, glazed over a white ground with touches of Naples yellow like golden threads interwoven, make of these folds a glorious chromatic scheme.
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