Tuesday, June 19, 2007


I'm a big fan of the early work of Giorgio de Chirico--his squares and buildings--and especially his "Enigma of Arrival and the Afternoon" (1912), which I sometimes say is the most beautiful painting ever made (knowing that this is really a meaningless judgment). When I visited the Nivaagaard Collection this weekend, I'm sure you can see why C. W. Eckersberg's "Temple of Vesta" (ca. 1815) caught my eye. I almost want to say that de Chirico must have had it "in mind". Note, for example, the shadow in the foreground.

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