Portrait of Paolo Uccello (unknown artist), Louvre Museum, Paris
The work of the Florentine artist Paolo di Dono nicknamed Uccello (“the bird”) can be instantly recognizable by the schematic use of perspective and foreshortening.
The over-theoretical geometry makes Uccello’s work look rather wooden and the figures toylike, but thanks to the bold simplification and vivid details, the paintings seem extremely peculiar.
Unfortunately, many of his works are in very poor condition. They are also often hung at the wrong height in galleries so that he carefully worked out perspective effects are visually ruined (in order to work out the proper viewpoint, you have to sit or lie on the floor).
Paolo Uccello’s major works are The Crucifixion, mid- 1430s (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art); Battle of San Romano, c. 1455 (Florence: Galleria degli Uffizi); St. George and the Dragon, c. 1460 (London: National Gallery); The Flood, 1447–48 (Florence: Santa Maria Novella).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.
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