David Mayernik practices the range of artistic subject matter and media that an artist of the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries might have. The reason is that this variety of media and genre is interrelated, plein air informing the capriccio, the capriccio informing narrative composition, the figure informing architecture.
All of it is informed by what the seventeenth century writer Pietro Bellori called "l"Idea del Bello," or the Idea of the Beautiful. That beauty, for the classical artist, resides in the ideal, a more perfect version of the real clarified by long study of the ancients and Old Masters. Discerning what, within that tradition, is worth emulating is what artistic judgment is all about. Not all Old Masters painted alike, and a judicious integration of rigorous disegno and bravura painterly technique are David Mayernik's hallmarks.
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