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My National Gallery - Terry Gilliam & Bronzino

I grew up watching Terry Gilliam movies!

My personal favorites are Time Bandits and The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen.

Gilliam's creations are among other things a unique mix of absurdity and tragedy. His sources for inspiration no doubt are many.

In this clip, Terry Gilliam discusses the inspiration he found in Bronzino's painting "Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time"


Video from Monty Python


My National Gallery - Terry Gilliam & Bronzino

"A clip from an interview for @ExhibitiononScreen's "My National Gallery" in which Terry Gilliam talks about talk about Bronzino's painting "Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time", the source of the emblematic Monty Python foot! London's National Gallery is one of the world’s greatest art galleries. It is full of masterpieces, an endless resource of history, and an endless source of stories. The film gives voice to those whose lives have been touched by the Gallery, with a diverse cross-section of society making surprising choices of both well-known masterpieces and hidden gems. Their stories are used as a lens through which to explore the 200-year history of the National Gallery and what the future may hold for this spectacular space. The film comes to cinemas around the world on 4th June 2024. Visit www.exhibitiononscreen.com for more information and to find a screening near you." from the video introduction


Bronzino's venus cupid folly and time
Bronzino's venus cupid folly and time

Bronzino's Allegory with Venus and Cupid: a complex intellectual drama

"A “drama of intellectual hysteria” in which a complex tangle of symbols, formal interlocking games, ideational abstraction, and chromatic abstraction add up: this is how Andrea Emiliani defined Bronzino’s allegory (Agnolo di Cosimo Tori; Florence, 1503 - 1572), perhaps the Florentine artist’s most famous masterpiece. The work, now in the National Gallery in London, is also one of the works that has most fascinated scholars and art historians over the centuries, because of the sensuality of the two main characters, the goddess Venus and her son Cupid, the very high attention to detail as well as some rather disturbing and difficult-to-read elements, have sparked passionate discussions about the meanings the painting might conceal, and which are still not entirely clear today..." from the article: Bronzino's Allegory with Venus and Cupid: a complex intellectual drama



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