Architectural Paintings

Perspective and space (room 2)

The architectural backgrounds of paintings were not only an excellent medium in which to record the theory of systems of representation but could also reflect real architecture. The significance these depictions acquired can be seen in the works by Fra Carnevale, Gentile Bellini and Carlo Crivelli. Veiled in art, the theories of Leon Battista Alberti (1404–1472) are expressed in both the decoration and one of the facades portrayed in the panel paintings attributed to the Workshop of 1473. For his part Giuliano Bugiardini, who produces an imaginative rendering of the biblical city in which his dramatic scene is set, shows us a new and free city.

La Anunciación

Fra Carnevale (Bartolomeo di Giovanni Corradini) (Urbino, 1420/1425-1484) The Annunciation

c. 1448
Tempera and oil (?) on panel.
87.6 x 62.8 cm
Washington, National Gallery of Art, Samuel H. Kress Collection; inv. 1939.1.218

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