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Monday, March 14, 2016

Bacon & the eggs of the Renaissance


Francis Bacon's art looks like an endless variation on the theme of HP Lovecraft's sci-fi/horror story The Colour Out of Space.
But especially, he can be listed among the major continuators of Renaissance art in the XX century, namely:
- Salvador Dalí as the champion of the perfection of oil technique, used to work out a renewed version of classical mythology, Raphaelesquely in brief;
- M. C. Escher as a modern artisan in the magic of geometry, after Luca Pacioli, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Albrecht Dürer;
- Bacon himself as a mix of splendor and anguish, with this difference, that in the Renaissance splendor usually appeared in the foreground while anguish lay hidden in the background, but the other way round for the British artist. In this sense, he can be compared with Michelangelo and Tasso.

It might be worth considering that Dalí, Leonardo, Dürer, Bacon, Michelangelo, and Tasso were gay or bisexual. Possibly, belonging to a minority and having to fight to defend oneself increases one's genius; or more properly, they already had a lot of genius from birth, but their condition gave them extra suffering and wrath, that are the "eggs" whence most masterpieces originate.