Jenny Saville’s Nudes Bring Renaissance Masters Down to Earth


FLORENCE, Italy — When Botticelli and Luca della Robbia produced masterpieces about motherhood, they honored Renaissance idealism with reverential depictions of a serene Madonna and kid. When the painter Jenny Saville developed “The Mothers,” in 2011, her Leonardo-encouraged composition countered that 500-yeary-aged sanctity with a firsthand reflection of her own […]