I think there is a point up until which, it is almost impossible to separate art from religion, it was a tool that was used to illustrate religious events. The 16th Century introduced the reformation. I haven’t really looked at the reformation, I’d heard of it of course, but not having looked in to it, I had no understanding. A little bit of research reveals knowledge.
Artists that were famous at the time, and famous now. Lorraine, Rubens, Van Dyck, Poussin. The book is fascinating, and it is certainly making me think about art, and I am looking forward to being able to go to a gallery, especially if it features some of the pictures discussed in the book, so that’ll probably be London then, so can’t see that happening for a while.
I’m now on page 430, not far off two thirds of the way through. Right at the very beginning of the book, Gombrich gives a warning about judging art. Reading the book does not qualify you for doing that. Knowing some of the trials that artists went through will, I think make me appreciate the artist more that what I have done.