Battle of San Romano II

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Born Kirkintilloch, 1936

Battle of San Romano II, 1968

PVA on canvas
Purchased 1968
Museum number 3-1968

Jack Knox studied at Glasgow School of Art.

This work comes from a celebrated series of works inspired by the tri-partite Renaissance masterpiece of around 1438-40 by the Italian artist Paolo Uccello. The National Gallery, London, the Musée du Louvre, Paris and the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence each own one of the three panels, which depict incidents from the 1432 battle between Florence and Siena.

Knox organised the visual elements on the surface of a white ground in a manner inspired by his memory of his experience of viewing the different panels. The San Romano works are filled with a vocabulary of enigmatic symbols, some of which were inspired by objects collected on the beach near Knox’s home at Carnoustie, such as fishing tackle. These motifs reveal Knox’s highly tuned draughtsman’s skills and are orchestrated within an ambiguous spatial context over the image surface.

Battle of San Romano II
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