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08.29.12

An Industrial Inferno

The Daily Pic: In 1510, Titian was already seeing hell as a factory.

This “Orpheus and Eurydice” is one of those fabulous landscapy narratives painted in Venice in around 1510, that could be by either Giorgione or Titian. (In some way I can’t quite spell out, I think they are really by a third, virtual artist whom we need to call “Giortian” – and whom any number of lesser painters could also be possessed by. They refute the idea of a one-artist style.) The painting is in a lovely little show of treasures from the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, at the Metropolitan Museum for another few days.  What particularly caught my eye in this work is the fact that, even at this early pre-industrial date, hell is already being shown as some kind of factory.

A detail from Titian's "Orpheus and Eurydice"
A detail from Titian's "Orpheus and Eurydice"

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