Sunday, May 13, 2012

Tura, Cosimo

The Flight into Egypt
early 1470s
Tempera on wood
Diam. 38.7 cm (15 1/4 in.)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Cosimo Tura (c. 1430 - 1495) was an Italian early-Renaissance painter and considered one of the founders of the School of Ferrara. He was a court painter to the dukes of Ferrara. This roundel, dating to the early 1470s, is one of three scenes of the early life of Christ that probably formed part of the predella of Tura's masterpiece, the Roverella altarpiece, the central panel of which is in the National Gallery, London (picture 2). It is characteristic of the artist in its nervous, calligraphic line. Every being in this picture looks sick and miserable.