The Art and Opinions of Heidi Celeghin, Aesthete

Jan Gossart at the MET

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I visited the MET a few days ago to see the Jan Gossart exhibit.  Gossart was a Netherlandish artist painting in the late 15th century and early 16th century.  Gossart was one of the first northern artists to visit Italy, where he was able to study ancient architecture and sculpture.  He took this knowledge of the ancient world back to the Netherlands and incorporated certain aspects of the Italian Renaissance style into his painting.   Gossart’s work ultimately changed the course of Northern European painting and paved the way for such artists as Peter Paul Rubens.

The exhibit was impressive – a total of five rooms filled with exeplary paintings, drawings, and statues.  I enjoyed how other artists such as Durer were included in the exhibit, allowing for a comparison with Gossart.

Standing Warrior in Fantastic Armor

Standing Warrior in Fantastic Armor

Gossart’s ink drawings are impressive in the degree of detail invested in them.  In addition to complete ink drawings, there were some studies which I thought were fascinating.  The two drawings of soldiers were fun to look at because of Gossart’s combination of accurate military attire and his imagination.

Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man

Below is a short video produced by the MET that talks about the exhibit and the restoration/conservation process.


Author: Heidi Celeghin

ARTIST’S STATEMENT The theories guiding my art practice are largely defined by my academic background in Decadence and Aestheticism. I am concerned with the status of the image: seductive, unknowable, dangerous, and immortal. The image exists in a liminal space between illusion and reality, lies and truths, life and death. As such, the image represents the sublime. Once created, the image exists beyond the artist – it grows independently from the artist and is constantly being recreated. On the one hand, it captures a single, exquisite moment in time and therefore holds the valence of stasis and death. On the other hand, the image’s perpetual recreation means that it captures the myriad of experiences Walter Pater discusses in the conclusion to The Renaissance and therefore, it holds the valence of metamorphosis and life. It is particularly fascinating when the distinction between Art and reality begin to fall apart. Is it Art that imitates life or life that imitates Art? Major Events and Public Projects: Houston Zoo, painting-for-conservation initiative (June 2011-present) Barcelona World Race, Team Neutrogena artist (December 2010-May 2011) Select Exhibitions: Singapore via INSTINC artist residency, solo exhibition (June 2012) Limb Design, Houston, Texas, group exhibition (April 2012) Jack Hanna Gala, Houston Zoo, solo exhibit (October 2011) Watson Gallery, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (October 2011) Norma R. Ory Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (2011) Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston, Texas, Awty International Gala (2011) Willard Straight Art Gallery, group exhibit for Forword Literary Magazine (2009) Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, group exhibit (2009) Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, group exhibit (2008) Hayloft Gallery, Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (2006) Hayloft Gallery, Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (2005) Art Fairs: Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong (2013) Affordable Art Fair, Singapore (2012) Affordable Art Fair, New York (2012)

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