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Getty Museum‘s Today’s memory

Getty Museum‘s Today’s memory

Getty Museum‘s Today’s memory


In memoriam: Pietro da Cortona

1 November 1596/7 – 16 May 1669

Originally shared by Getty Museum

In combining architecture, painting, and sculpture to act on viewers’ emotions, Pietro da Cortona was the quintessential practitioner of the High Baroque style. He died in Rome #onthisday in 1669.

Pietro da Cortona made this drawing as a finished study for an engraving in De florum cultura, the first treatise on horticulture. Pen in hand, Jupiter has signed the edict to exhort all gardeners to cultivate flowers, marking the passing of the Age of Iron to the Age of Flowers. On the right, Cybele, the Phrygian earth mother, enters with her sacred animal, the lion. The council of gods has agreed that she and Flora, Roman goddess of flowers, shall grow flowers on earth.

Cybele before the Council of the Gods, 1633, Pietro da Cortona. Pen and brown ink with brown wash, heightened with white bodycolor, over black chalk, with the outlines indented with the stylus for transfer. http://bit.ly/1OwxLQt #Art #Museum

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