I finally used my membership card to De Young and went to see the Masters of Venice exhibition. I embrace nostalgia at times and it took me back to not only the 16th century but to studying Renaissance Art in Italy and venturing to the sinking museum city for the first time. It is really an incredible place and I have been lucky to have been there twice. The second time was for a short layover with a dear friend early in the morning when the cafes were just opening and not a tourist was in site. We got lost because it really is impossible not to, and sat on a dock watching the boats sway by. Mantegna, Titian, and Tintoretto were all there with us so it was a reunion of sorts to see them again at the De Young. I would like to have been in Venice in the 16th century through the words of Jeanette Winterson’s The Passion. I have to get my hands on a copy now!
This one was not in the show but is a great example of Mantegna’s foreshortening.