The Guardian has a piece this week on the mysterious orb held by Christ in the Leonardo da Vinci painting currently on view at Christie’s. “Solid glass or crystal, whether shaped like an orb or a lens, produces magnified, inverted, and reversed images,” historian Walter Isaacson says of the image. “Instead, Leonardo painted the orb as if it were a hollow glass bubble that does not refract or distort the light passing through it.”
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b. July 24, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Represented Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago and Robert Miller Gallery and Pace Wildenstein in New York
Katz is a figural Pop artist working primarily in paintings, prints, and sculptures. He was influenced by Jackson Polluck and other Abstract Expressionists. His first solo show was in 1954, an exhibition of paintings at the Roko Gallery in New York.
He received minimal fame at the age of 80, as art circles saw him as a major American painter. He was presented an honorary doctorate from Colby College in 1984.