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Ornament and Illusion: Carlo Crivelli of Venice

As noted by the authors of this website, Renaissance artist Carlo Crivelli, "is one of the most important, but historically neglected painters of the 15th century." Last winter, the Isabella Stuart Gardner museum in Boston hosted a special exhibit of works by Crivelli, who painted religious portraits and scenes from his home in northeast Italy. On this website, visitors can view a number of Crivelli's fascinating paintings in great detail; the site includes a magnification tool that allows visitors to examine the fine features of each painting from their computer screen. In the Beneath the Surface section, visitors can learn how Crivelli's iconic piece, Saint George Slaying the Dragon, was analyzed and restored using infrared reflectography and Reflective Transformation Imaging (RTI). Readers may also view Crivelli's original "underdrawing" of this work, as revealed by this technology. In addition, this site includes video and audio clips of curator insights into Crivelli's work.
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