This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features The Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones and his new book “The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo, and the Artistic Duel That Defined the Renaissance.”
One of the best stories in art history is the rivalry between Leonardo and Michelangelo at the dawn of the Renaissance, in the early sixteenth century. Jones re-tells the story with flair, vigor and detail. The book was released in the UK last year and was published in the US this fall.
- The development of the artistic rivalry in 15th-century Florence;
- Why Michelangelo and Leonardo weren’t pals;
- Why Michelangelo, theretofore a sculptor and not so much a painter, was hired to compete with Leonardo on a seemingly unequal playing field; and
- Why Jones thinks that artist v. artist is an art historical construct with merit and not just a box-office draw.
On the second segment, Saint Louis Art Museum curator Judith Mann talks about her new exhibition, “Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master.” It’s on view through January 20, 2013 at SLAM before traveling to the National Gallery in London next year. The exhibition is accompanied by a thorough, intense, richly illustrated catalogue published by the Yale University Press. The show presents the little-known-in-America Barocci as a key pivot between Florentine mannerism and the Roman Baroque style. Check out the videos of the exhibition here.
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The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. It is edited by Wilson Butterworth. The MAN Podcast is released under this Creative Commons license.For images of the works discussed on this week’s show, click through to the jump.
Barocci, Saint Francis, ca. 1600-04. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Barocci, Madonna of the Cat, ca. 1575. Collection of the National Gallery, London.