|The Angel’s game. Giambono and Paradise reconquered|
|Written by Mariachiara Marzari|
Not an exhibition: a cameo. Il paradiso riconquistato. Trame d’oro e colore nella pittura di Michele Giambono is an occasion to savour at once the essence of a time and of an artist. Nine of the thirteen pieces are, in fact, a small monograph of this peculiar artist. Giambono is a sensitive, refined painter, a protagonist of late Gothic art.
Influenced by Central Italian artists, Giambono has a Venetian style of
his own, we may appreciate it on the way he renders cloths and golden
items, an homage to Byzantine tradition. All in all, a very personal
style, a Gothic maniera. The exhibition revolves around the Paradise
Altarpiece, recently restored, that was commissioned to Giambono in 1447
by Giovanni Francesco Dotti for St. Agnes Church in Venice, to be
modelled after the pieces realized but two years earlier by Antonio
Vivarini and Giovanni d’Alemagna for the St. Pantaleon Church, also
present at the exhibition. The restoration of the Paradise, which
started in 2010 and lasted four years, raised interesting questions on
the identity of who, in fact, took part in painting the altarpiece.
Other than Giambono himself, it became clear that other artists of his
bottega collaborated with the maestro.
«Il paradiso riconquistato.
Trame d'oro e colore nella pittura di Michele Giambono»
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Campo della Carità - Venice