Detail from 'Saint George and the Dragon'. The fleeing princess from Saint George and the Dragon reveals how Tintoretto explores a reoccurring motif in Renaissance painting: flowing drapery. Flying, flowing drapery allowed Renaissance artists to fill dull passages, unite different groups, and frame elements. In comparison to other Renaissance artists, Tintoretto subordinates drapery to the design as a whole, not allowing it to become the centrepiece.

Detail from 'Bacchus and Ariadne'. In this Bacchic detail, one can clearly see how Titian used flowing drapery to give unity and add movement and colour to the scene. The use of flying, flowing drapery inspired by Greek art allowed Renaissance artists to disguise awkward planes, fill dull passages, and frame elements. So much so that sometimes it became the centrepiece of the painting. Titian’s remarkable technique makes us dream about draped garments blown in the wind.

‎"St. George" by Solomon J Solomon.

Italy as an allegorical woman is torn at by beasts

"Princess Marthe-Lucile Bibesco of Romania", 1911 ~ by Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931)

love Albrecht Dürer

16th Century Venetian Gown

paper Belle

andrea mantegna's saint george

Saint Vincent of Saragossa, Patron Saint of Lisbon, late sixteenth century, Frei Carlos; the saint is pictured with his symbolic attributes: a holy book, a martyr's palm branch and a ship, symbolising the 'shipment' of his relics to Lisbon. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Rembrandt : Saint Jerome Praying in His Study

Abbatiale Saint-Pierre et Cloître romans ; commune de Moissac, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France

Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg as Saint Jerome in his study, painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1526.

Tintoretto, Maddalena, 1598.

Georges de Feure (1868-1943) French Art Nouveau Painter

John Waterhouse 'Saint Cecilia' (detail) 1895. John William Waterhouse [British Pre-Raphaelite Painter, 1849-1917]

Drapery Study (1528), by Albrecht Durer (1471–1528; German painter, printmaker, engraver, mathematician, and theorist from Nürnberg). "Regarded as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance".

Saint Julian, c. 1340s by Taddeo Gaddi  (Italian, Florentine, active by 1334–died 1366)

Detail from 'The Umbrellas' by Renoir is bewitching. This little girl is one of the figures on the right in the painting, which were painted at an earlier stage. The soft lines that outline her face and also her costume show that probably she was pictured in around 1881–82. Renoir added another figure to the painting at a later stage, but in a more severe style. The little girl’s naïve expression, filled with childlike joy, makes our little hearts melt.

Rembrandt. detail

Georges Seurat, L’invalide (The Invalid)