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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Goldsmiths University Ph.D, London
Royal College of Art MA, London
Nottingham Trent University BA, Nottingham, UK
Cooke is a British-born painter and sculptor who creates large-scale works. His pieces are often desolate and bleak, portraying cigarette butts, wrecked cars and various forms of debris. Other paintings witness more romantic landscapes, demonstrating his versatility.
His 2003 piece “Mirrors” sees a fusion of styles as he captures a single blooming flower in the vast setting of a dark woods and minimal plant life. “Silva Morosa” captures moss growing on a rock wall, but then breaks its serenity as a skull is carved out of the moss.
His work is included amongst the collections of New York’s Guggenheim, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and London’s Tate Gallery, as well as others.