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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Fernando Botero (born April 19, 1932 in Medellín, Antioquia) is a Colombian neo-figurative artist, self-titled “the most Colombian of Colombian artists” early on, coming to prominence when he won the first prize at the Salón de Artistas Colombianos in 1959.
Abu Ghraib 50, 2005-image via www.hwaethwugu.com
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Hand, Madrid image via http://commons.wikimedia.org
Una Coppia, 1999 image via www.worldgallery.co.uk
He is an abstract artist in the most fundamental sense of the word, choosing what colors, shapes, and proportions to use based on intuitive aesthetic thinking. This being said, his works are informed by a Colombian upbringing and social commentary is woven throughout his work.
[Bio via Wikipedia Entry]
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