Architectural Paintings

The ideal city (room 4)

Perfect, orderly spaces also found fertile ground for experimentation in the fields of painting and inlay work. The city view attributed to Girolamo da Cotignola develops the idea of the print by Sebastiano Serlio (1475–1554) entitled The Tragic Scene, while the anonymous artist’s orchestrated handling of the front of the Florentine cassone plunges the viewer into an idyllic setting. However Vittore Carpaccio sets his ideal city of The Visitation in the Orient, with architecture reminiscent of Venice. These works are contrasted with a real view of a corner of Florence rendered almost in the manner of an urban landscape.

Vista de una ciudad

Attributed to Girolamo Da Cotignola (Girolamo Marchesi) (Cotignola, 1470/1480-Rome, después de 1531) View of a city

Tempera on panel.
67 x 50 cm.
Ferrara, Pinacoteca Nazionale; inv. 405 GFS 235916

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