Preeminent scholar of Italian Renaissance art John Paoletti,
Emeritus William R. Kenan Professor of the Humanities at Wesleyan
University, discusses Giorgione's La Vecchia.
Giorgione was an innovator, experimenting with the new technique of oil
painting evolving in Venice around 1500, and he was the first to employ
the concept of poesia--something akin to our modern notion of "poetry"--in his paintings. La Vecchia exists
between portrait and allegory, between realistic detail and painterly
surface. Its small size requires close looking, and its visual clues,
both obvious and disguised, call for imaginative interpretation. By
examining the multiple possibilities of interpretation, Paoletti
untangles the paradoxes of La Vecchia. Free.