Bernardino Lanino Reimagined

Doves

Bernardino Lanino

1512-1583

Baptism of Christ​

Symbols in Renaissance Art 

Throughout the centuries doves have appeared as symbols in numerous religious and secular settings but may be best known for its wide use in Christianity. Renaissance artists, such as Bernardino Lanino, utilized doves primarily in religious artwork to depict the third element of the trinity, the Holy Spirit. Shown above the figures in the painting, wings spread and often in a burst of light gives the dove an ethereal appearance, indicating its religious significance.   

Deborah Lanino

2019

Acrylic on canvas 

18" x 36"

Dove 1

Deborah Lanino

2019

Acrylic on two 12"x 12" panels 

12" x 24"

Dove II

Deborah Lanino

2019

Acrylic on canvas 

18" x 36"

Dove III

The Greek Cross

This series of paintings signifies hope for a better future and the possibility for change. When times are dark, there is a tendency to want to just give up. Remember from history that the Dark Ages led to the Renaissance. This Greek Cross series was painted during the pandemic and to me it signifies hope for a better future.

 

The Greek Cross is composed of four arms of the same length, crossing each other at a straight angle. It is typical of the Byzantine art, alternating with the Latin cross as base diagrams for churches. Its four equal beams and the fact that it can be contained in a square, make it the idealized cross, which represents the Divine Nature of Christ. The first Greek cross building of the Renaissance was Leon Battista Alberti's San Sebastiano in Mantua (1460).  In 1546, Michelangelo was appointed architect of St. Peter's Basilica, Rome making the ultimate Greek cross structure of the Renaissance. 

Featured here are several works from my Greek Cross series. They are 38" x 38" inches. Displayed as a unit, each panel is 12" x 12".  

An example of the Greek Cross in Architecture​

Deborah Lanino

2020

Acrylic on canvas 

38" x 38"

Greek Cross III

Deborah Lanino

2020

Acrylic on canvas

38" x 38"

Greek cross II 

Deborah Lanino

My art studio in Los Angeles, California

Here you can see a grid painting of nine 12" x 12" panels with a sense of the scale of the Greek Cross series on the wall

total size: 38" x 38" 

Acrylic on canvas

2020


 

Deborah Lanino

2020

Acrylic on canvas 

38" x 38"

Greek Cross I

Deborah Lanino

2020

Angels

Artists of the Renaissance era painted characters called "putti," which looked like male babies or toddlers. These characters represented the presence of pure love around people and often sported wings like angels. 

Bernardino Lanino

1512-1583

Musician Angel

Deborah Lanino

2021

Acrylic on board 

10" x 10"

Three Musician Angels

Deborah Lanino

2017

Acrylic on canvas 

8" x 10"

Musician Angel I

Deborah Lanino

2021

Acrylic on paper 

8" x 10"

Musician Angel II

Madonna

A Madonna is a representation of Mary, either alone or with her child Jesus. These images are in Renaissance painting, particularly High Renaissance painting.

Bernardino Lanino 

1512-1583

Charcoal on paper

Madonna

Bernardino Lanino 

1512-1583

Charcoal on paper

Testa Femminile

Deborah Lanino

2019

Acrylic on canvas 

Madonna I

30" x 40"

Deborah Lanino

2020

Gouache on paper 

Testa Femminile I

8” x 10”

Deborah Lanino

2020

Acrylic on canvas

Testa Femminile II

20" x 20"

Deborah Lanino

2021

Gouache and colored pencil on bristol paper

Testa Femminile III

20" x 20"

Deborah Lanino

2020

Acrylic on canvas

Madonna II

20" x 20" 

Abstractions

a new series inspired by themes and variations of classical compositions. Abstract art is an ideal vehicle for communicating spiritual realities for many reasons. It removes the viewer from the world they think they know and allows them to focus their contemplation on symbols, the experience of a work, or its meditative character. 

 

Bernardino Lanino 

1512-1583

Oil on panel

38" x 48" 

Triumph of Christ with Angels and Cherubs

Deborah Lanino 

2020

Gouache and colored pencil on paper

9" x 12"

Triumph of Christ with Angels I

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