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Monday, 1 April 2013

ART: Frederico Barocci [1528-1612] at The National Gallery, London

This exhibition is a joy to visit.

Barocci is not well known, the underground rooms can be claustrophobic but, with fewer people, it was a pleasure to look at the pictures without feeling you are pushing and shoving! 

The painter, from Urbino, a pupil of Raphael's, painted quiet and beautiful pictures - not an ugly face to be seen.  

 The Entombment [1597-82], the dead Christ being carried in a sheet is a picture of great sadness and sweetness.  

The Madonna of the Cat [1575] shows St. John the Baptist and the baby Jesus as cherubic, adorable and in no way sentimental.  A painter of great sensitivity - his self-portrait is haunting. He paints fabric gloriously while avoiding all dandyism in dress or attitude

A powerful and touching painting of Aeneas fleeing Troy  [1598] carrying his father.

Do go! Until May 19, 2013

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