Composition in Black and Yellow (The Visitation)
| Image Notes
Mariotto Albertinelli, The Visitation, Uffizi, Florence
The alternative title "The Visitation" was used interchangeably by the artist. The 1979 4-color photolithographic print of the painting has the title "The Visitation." Siena Press, New York. edition 300.
| Artist's Notes
The Immaculate Conception, The Visitation (Composition in Black and Yellow).
These two paintings are inevitable when the artist's eye sees these images every day -- in roadside chapels, in the interiors of grocery stores and banks, on post cards: these images are part of the landscape in Italy. (George Deem, June 1, 1978. Note written for the Exhibition George Deem Paintings, June 12 - July 8, 1978, Merida Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky).
The Visitation (Composition in Black and Yellow)
This picture was painted in Italy. When I was living there I often visited the Uffizi Museum in Florence. "The Visitation" I quote in my painting is a picture in the Uffizi, the artist, Mariotto Albertinelli, 1475-1515. Juxtaposition of the yellow bulldozer against Mariotto Albertinelli's Visitation reflects the daily visual experience experience of living in Italy where contemporary images are continually seen against the insistently visible emblems of earlier centuries and religions and civilizations. Here, it is a painting that looms large over the bulldozer, but the significance for the past of the bulldozing present is inescapable. (George Deem, Note on the painting, April 1, 1980).
Merida Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky
Sneed-Hillman Gallery, Rockford, Illinois