Mystical Art of the Renaissance: Painting in Flanders and Siena During the First Half of the Fifteenth Century
Rubner, Karen Faith
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This examination of several 15th-century Flemish and Sienese painters was conceived slowly and in piecemeal fashion. My interest in Netherlandish painting preceded Sienese and the impact of both could only be felt after finding myself face to face with the real panels, glittering and exuding their mystery. I could not comprehend the power of early Flemish masters until I viewed their work first-hand and then their mysticism struck me. I became so awed by these pictures that they rendered me speechless. I could only dream about them and remain silent or confess to a book what they meant to me. And this I did after a visit to the Prado in Madrid.