Friday, 26 July 2013

René Korten / Fra Angelico

Fra Angelico
The Mocking of Christ
fresco in the convent of San Marco, Florence
187 x 151 cm

When I first saw the frescoes of Fra Angelico in the convent of San Marco in Florence many years ago, they made a big impression on me. Fra Angelico painted a scene of the life of Christ in each of the monk’s cells, enabling the praying monk to envision the scene and contemplate about it in his private space.
Especially this fresco of The Mocking of Christ in cell 7 had an extraordinary impact on me. The painting depicts fragmentary details of Christ's tormentors. The space is rendered with clarity and coherence that accentuates the strangeness of the mocking symbols suspended in air against a brightly colored plane. Christ’s humiliations of spitting, slapping and beating are not shown in their full violence in a complex narrative work, but they are shown as fragments, reduced to a series of symbols. The beautiful color scheme of the fresco and the clarity and complexity of these gestures struck me and had a big influence.
René Korten, 2013

René Korten (NL)
Dub 1, Living Door
acrylic, graphite, charcoal on mdf
120 x 154 cm


  1. What a stunning fresco,beautiful colors.
    It is nice to see or actually know..that in your own paintings you also work with reducing and abstracting things that are drawn from real life, making it into your own symbolism.

    -Maarten van Soest-

  2. Thanks for the comment Maarten!