Announcing the Linder Gallery Prize

Ron Artist, Mysterious Masterpiece, Patron, Provenance 3 Comments

Can you help discover who painted the Linder Gallery? Much evidence has been uncovered about the origins of the Linder Gallery over the past fifteen years. We now know with reasonable certainty that the painting was commissioned by German merchant Peter Linder and that it involved significant intellectual input from Urbino mathematician Mutio Oddi. It appears to have been painted …

Who painted the Linder Gallery Interior? Considerations by Ron Cordover

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Given the multiple styles presented in the paintings on the walls within the Linder Gallery, it seems possible that more than one hand was involved in its creation. The series of four paintings called the “Senses” in the Prado Museum in Madrid, for example, are well known collaborations between Jan Brueghel the Elder and Peter Paul Rubens. While some comments …

The Caravaggio Letter: Eyewitness account of the Linder Gallery?

michaeljohn Artist, Astronomy, Mathematics, Patron, Provenance Leave a Comment

There is an intriguing letter in the university library of Urbino recently uncovered by Alexander Marr that provides a direct eyewitness account of the Linder Gallery from shortly after its creation. It was sent in March 1629 by an engineer, Giovanni Battista Caravaggio to his mathematical  tutor, Mutio Oddi, describing a visit to the house of the German merchant Peter …