As we know, Anthony Flower had a wide variety of interests when it came to his art. One of the themes in the new exhibition, The Making of Anthony’s Art, which opens on Saturday, is his interest in copying the works of Italian master painters.
Included in this new exhibition are copies of two fascinating works, The Cumaean Sybil and Madonna della seggiola (The Seated Madonna), which in turn Anthony Flower reproduced. The Madonna is by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, better known as Raphael (1483-1520), about 1513-1514. The original work is an oil on panel, approximately 71 × 71 cm in size and is currently at Palazzo Pitti, Florence.
The Cumaean Sybil, c. 1610, is an oil on canvas by Domenico Zampieri, or Domenichino (1581– 1641), currently located at the Pinacoteca Capitolina, Rome. It is probable that Anthony Flower found images of the masters’ works in The Illustrated London News, one of his best sources for inspiration and subjects.
Visit the exhibition to see Anthony Flower’s versions of these great Italian masterworks.