Huntington Buys Two Renaissance Saints
|Cosimo Rosselli, Saint Ansanus and Saint Anthony Abbot, c. 1470. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.|
|Cosimo Rosselli, Madonna and Child in Glory, c. 1470. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.|
|John Brett, The Open Sea, 1865. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.|
Brett is best known for The Stonebreaker, a painting whose hyperreal detail impressed Ruskin. Brett produced many seascapes, sailing the Mediterranean in a private schooner. In The Open Sea the fractal empiricism of the ocean surface owes nothing to Turner. It looks forward to Vija Celmins.
Like most Hudson River School paintings, October Afternoon is not a picture of that New York river. The Juniata winds through the conflicted middle Pennsylvania of Gettysburg and Joe Paterno. Gifford's subject is light, the murky haze of this American life.