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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

10.30.2009

Giving Out Eye Candy

It seems that serious rug enthusiasts tend to be familiar with Renaissance artist Carlo Crivelli because lavishly detailed textiles and decorative carpets feature prominently in the Venetian painter's work. In the autumn issue, Hali explains that the "Crivelli star," a classical carpet ornament, is named for him and next month a new exhibition at Milan's Pinacoteca di Brera will explore the connection between real rugs and Crivelli's paintings.

As I understand it, Italian textiles and three rugs including the 15th century Crivelli star example, shown second above via Hali, will be on view along with the art. Designers (interior, fashion, graphic) are often saying that they look to art history for inspiration, so it's always interesting to stumble across an exhibition that examines this symbiotic relationship. Unfortunately, I can't read Italian and will therefore be clueless when it comes to ordering an exhibition catalog.

Shown at top and directly above, The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius, 1486, Carlo Crivelli, via The National Gallery, London.

9 comments:

little augury said...

Courtney,Thanks to you I am now a subscriber. GT

Style Court said...

LA -- That's terrific. The photography is spectacular and I always learn something new when I read it.

Alli Dixon said...

Good morning, Courtney! I am looking at holiday cards online this morning - Kate's Paperie is having a sale that ends today. I realized that what I am looking for is something that YOU would approve of, so I popped over here for some inspiration! The blog is beautiful and thoughtfully written, as always. I still want to find a way to live in it.

Style Court said...

Thanks Alli! So great to hear from you. I'll have to pop over to Kate's. Soon I'll be stating the holiday posts. Can't wait!

Alli Dixon said...

I suspect the sale might be on previous year's designs, so I decided to hold off. I'll wait for you to report on what's new. I am enchanted by this Crivelli, too. What a beautiful exhibition that will be. Cheers!

Karena said...

Beautiful images. The details are exquisite!

Visual Vamp said...

Love me some eye candy!
Happy Halloween!
xo xo

Style Court said...

Happy Halloween everyone!

Laura [What I Like] said...

How fascinating! If only I could pop over to Italy...I still dream of the tapestry exhibition at the Met years ago and I imagine this Milan exhibition might very well top it!