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Veiled Presence: Body and drapery from Giotto to Titian, by Paul Hills

20 March 2020


Giovanni Bellini’s Madonna of the Pear, c.1488, in which the Virgin and Child appear in front of a watered-silk cloth-of-honour, is one of the paintings analysed in terms of the drapery by Paul Hills, Professor Emeritus of Renaissance Art at the Courtauld Institute, in Veiled Presence: Body and drapery from Giotto to Titian (Yale, £45 (£40.50); 978-0-300-23675-0). Hills studies the Christian symbolism of veils, including swaddling and shrouds, renewed in this period of art, and explores how drapery both clothes the person and composes the picture

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