August 23, 2011

Art Inspired: Giorgione's Tempest

With Venice on the fashion horizon, I couldn't help but turn to a Venetian Master painter for today's art inspired fashion post. Giorgio Gasparini, commonly referred to as Giorgione (Giorgio The Great) emerged along with Titan as one of the Venetian art stars of the Renaissance. Although Giorgione's career was cut short in his thirties after contracting the plague, his most mature and mysterious painting, The Tempest, began an important new tradition of landscape painting. The lush atmosphere has fascinatied viewers for centuries and controversy over multiple meanings just adds to the mysterious allure of the painting.

Giorgione Tempest


The Tempest by Giorgione, 1508-ish


Aside from the literal interpretation of Alberta Ferretti's feather capelet, to my mind, nobody channeled the flesh and earth tones of Venetian high Renaissance painting better than Chloe's Fall 2011 collection.

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Chloé sheer silk blouse $1,195; Chloé sheer long sleeve shirt $1,190; Alberta ferretti white feather capelet $2,425; Chloé wool pants; Chloé leather flat $450; Chloé leather tote handbag $1,820; Andara rose quartz jewelry $75; Chloé oversized sunglasses $330; Chloe Fall 2011 | Paris Fashion Week image via fashiongonerogue.com.


p.s. extra credit:
Believed to have inspired Manet's Luncheon on the Grass, the much debated interpretations of The Tempest range from biblical to classic mythology, and British art critic Waldemar Januszczak makes a case for The Tempest as an interpretation of Homer's Odyssey. In case you're curious, I included the clip from his short documentary, Every Painting Tells A Story below.


24 comments :

Alexa said...

Oh love your inspiration board for this. Those pants are so slick! :) Pretty necklace too.
xo

Bravoe Runway said...

These are gorgeous pictures and I like how you incorporated the masterpiece works of art along with the outfits. I am a huge chloe fan but to date, own nothing from that line... I'd love a bag but I want something more classic hope to find something for fall!

classiq said...

The painting is so beautiful, Mary Jo. I love Renaissance painting. And that Chloé outfit! It's the accessories I'm coveting the most, but I wouldn't say no to any other item. And you're right about the earth tones, they are definitely on my mind these days. xo
Ada

design elements said...

incredible painting! the selection looks gret. love the Chloé leather flat. hugs to you, Mary Jo

Alexis Grace of NorthOnHarper said...

The Chloe pieces are gorgeous. And it was the Renaissance period that first got me interested in Art... this piece always evoke such emotion from me...

Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous post, darling!
Love this painting and all the gorgeous Chloe pieces!

xoxox,
CC

Bonnie said...

Totally inspirational. I'm so glad that you posted and shared this with us. <33

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About Last Weekend said...

"Lush" is exactly right. it's funny, I usually don't feel as moved by old paintings as very modern ones, but I love this piece, the creaminess of her skin and the sharpness of the buildings behind. Chloe gets it so right with those tones, wish I had a posh job so could wear that blouse and trousers...

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

That painting is gorgeous! And the look is a perfect interpretation of it. I'd love to wear it :)

quintessence said...

Love your combination of the heady art history with the fabulous fashion (you know I love that style & substance combo). And what a perfect match!! I adore Chloe and would be delighted with any and every single item. I'll have to come back to watch the video!!

Eat. Live. Laugh. and sometimes shop! said...

I adore Renaissance art. And Chloe. What a fabulous inspiration board. I'd love it all. xoxo

Krystal said...

this is an awesome post..pretty things AND educational!

Christel @ Captivated by image said...

The painting looks beautiful! I love to watch paintings every now and then, but to be very honest: watching, touching or wearing Chloe fashion would make my heart beat a thousand times faster;) I can't help it...

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

The painting really is so gorgeous!! I agree the selections you showed look great and I especially like that bag. Thanks so much for the nice comment on my post and what a great tip because I have been used to wearing loose clothes!! Thanks Again

Katie said...

Beautiful painting, I love your picks! xo

Kel said...

Chloe always make such beautiful elegant creations they're almost like art on a different medium.

Lots of love from Sydney,

x Kel

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the nyanzi report said...

beautiful painting.

MM said...

I really really love that painting! Looking at it gives me a good and positive sense of self!

The selection is just perfect!! Love the colors! Also love the feather capelet!!

Hugs and kisses

dimitri said...

This painting is absolutely beautiful.
Love your inspiration. The Chloé pieces are fabulous.
Nice post. xx

Cafe Fashionista said...

The color scheme here is just exquisite, Mary Jo; and I am OBSESSED with that Chloe bag. Such a stunning aesthetic! :)

Lee Oliveira said...

That picture is absolutely amazing
Lee x

Heather Fonseca said...

I remember studying this painting in art history class and thinking it was just the most unusual thing ever. Love your outfit ideas!

Heather

Meta Musings said...

Gorgeous outfit!! I love Chloé! xx

Bourbon&Pearls said...

It is lush, I can feel the rain in that painting.

 
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