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Bellini imagines Saint Mark preaching in a collage of different times and places: ancient Alexandria, 16th-century Venice, and the Ottoman Empire.
Mantegna was fascinated by perspective. His radical foreshortening and realism focus attention on Christ’s wounds.
The Futurists called for the destruction of museums, libraries, and cultural monuments and glorified modern technology and the speed of automobiles, trains, and airplanes.
Brotherhoods lent stability to religious and civic life. These wealthy institutions also commissioned paintings.
As it recesses, Tintoretto’s strange space collapses time. No wonder Saint Mark multiplies.
Who gets the girl? This event may be sacred, but Raphael treats us to a very human performance.