(detail) Gerard David, The Nativity with Donors and Saints Jerome and Leonard, ca. 1510 -15, oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Altoon Sultan blogs a photo essay about surfaces in painting.
Sultan writes: "We often think of 'surface' as a word that demeans; it is the opposite of depth. But an intense focus on things can be a way to explore their form and meaning: it can be a celebration of life. When I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art last month, I first spent time in the amazing exhibition of Indian painting... marvelously detailed paintings, full of careful attention to the smallest things of the world. So when I did my usual tour of the permanent collection of Northern European paintings, what caught my notice was the intense focus of those painters on the surfaces and textures of ordinary things..."
Bob Duggan reviews an exhibition of paintings by Gabriel Metsu (1629–1667) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Duggan writes that the exhibition provides "a glimpse of a contemporary and rival of Vermeer, who seems so unique in the public's imagination." Duggan continues "[Vermeer] sought a 'painterless' style with no visible brushstrokes, Metsu imitated that style but still allowed his painterly personality to shine..."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.