Review of A Mysterious Masterpiece in Leonardo

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Amy Ione has published a review of A Mysterious Masterpiece in Leonardo. Here’s an excerpt: “A Mysterious Masterpiece. The World of the Linder Gallery introduces the Linder Gallery painting to a broad audience through an in situ conversation of six specialists and generalists who discuss the work in the owner’s (Ron Cordover’s) living room. Thus, it is an unusual book …

New high res images of the Linder Gallery now live

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We are delighted to announce the publication of new ultra-high resolution images of the Linder Gallery, which have been shot by art photographer Tim Nighswander of www.imaging4art.com and allow the painting to be seen in even more minute detail. Here’s Tim’s description of how he created the new images, which I hope you’ll agree, are spectacular: The camera used to …

Rubens and the Linder Gallery, excerpt from A Mysterious Masterpiece

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Who are the  three conversing figures shown in the Windsor Drawing, almost certainly a preparatory drawing for the Linder Gallery? The excerpt below from  A Mysterious Masterpiece: The World of the Linder Gallery proposes a hypothesis:

Obelisks

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A quick note on obelisks, as I see the one in the background of the painting is described as an ‘unlikely architectural feature’. I don’t think this is quite right.  Obelisks were, in fact, rather common in northern architecture of the period, featuring regularly in formal gardens.  For example, Robert Dudley’s garden at Kenilworth(visited by Elizabeth I in 1575) was …

The Windsor Drawing: A Sketch for the Linder Gallery?

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The Royal Collection in Windsor Castle contains a drawing (RL 12983) showing the interior of a picture gallery that bears a striking resemblance to the Linder Gallery, showing a similar architectural space. There are some key differences though. For example, the ceiling of the space in the Windsor drawing is flat, and there is a door on the left hand …