At the National Gallery, Young Bomberg Compared with the “Old Masters”

At the National Gallery, Young Bomberg Compared with the “Old Masters”
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For the first time, the revolutionary paintings of the British modernist artist David Bomberg are placed in dialogue with the masterpieces of the National Gallery that inspired the young radical who grew up in London’s East End. The Portrait of a Young Man by Botticelli and the study of The Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane by El Greco will displayed next to the monumental masterpiece The Mud Bath, created by the British painter of Jewish and Polish origins at only twenty-three years of age. The Entombment by Michelangelo, with all its intensity, gives a nod to the Vision of Ezekiel - inspired by the sudden death of Bomberg’s beloved mother, Rebecca, and to the theme of resurrection in the Old Testament - and then to the spectacular in the work In the Hold. All the paintings are presented with their preparatory drawings, such as the audacious Self-Portrait and the controversial initial version of the war painting Sappers at Work: A Canadian Tunnelling Company, Hill 60 , St Eloi on loan from the Tate.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London