APRIL 15, OPEN BOOK, Minneapolis
7:30pm, pre-concert talk with poet Anna George Meek
$15 adults/$10 students, seniors, reduced price
Tickets may be purchased at the door
There are thousands upon thousands of portraits of ‘Madonna and child’, but Parmigianino’s ‘Madonna with the long neck’ is easily near the top of my best-of religious paintings of all time. That giant baby, that way-too-long neck, and that awkwardly placed, spray-tanned guy in the background. It’s so delightfully and beautifully weird, and all the transgressions from balance and realism suggest some sort of coded message between the artist and the viewer, not unlike David Lynch’s otherworldly characters in Twin Peaks.
In the spirit of the beautifully strange, next week, we’ve put together a program of madrigals and sonatas by composers such as Carlo Gesualdo, Luca Marenzio, Giaches de Wert, Barbara Strozzi, and – of course – Monteverdi. My personal goal is to make you feel like you’re looking at the ‘Madonna with the long neck’. More soon!
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.