Original Seattle Seahawk Found! (No, It’s Not Steve Largent)
With the Super Bowl just around the corner, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture has done some research on the Seattle Seahawks’ beloved and Native-inspired Seahawk logo, and you don’t have to be an expert to conclude they’ve foud the exact piece it was modeled on.
The earliest unfinished European painting on display at the Met right now, in Gallery 640, is a real knockout: “Virgin and Child With Saints” by a Flemish artist referred to as the Ghent Painter (who might be Hugo van der Goes or Jean Hey). This exquisite oil-on-wood image demonstrates one of the stranger ways that a work can be, or in this case become, unfinished. Completed around 1472 in the meticulously realist style perfected by Jan van Eyck (1390-1441), the painting was modified in the early 17th century to depict the marriage of Henry VII to Elizabeth of York. The Virgin and Child in the center and St. John the Baptist to the left of them were scraped off and replaced, respectively, with a central view into a cathedral and the bride. The lavishly dressed St. Louis (himself a king) on the far right became Henry with a few adjustments in crown and gown.
The painting, which entered the Met’s collection in 1889, was restored in 1983; the added images and details were removed, revealing the nearly intact ink drawing of the Virgin and Child and partial sketches of St. John. Having been finished and refinished, the restored work is now unfinished, providing a glimpse of the preparatory precision of Flemish painters, and also looking, on first sight, very much like a collage.
— Roberta Snith, NYT 1/10/14
The coolest thing