Vija Celmins

Constellation - Uccello

About this artwork

Celmins began experimenting with double-image prints following such double-image drawings as 'Untitled (Desert-Galaxy)' (1974), also in the ARTIST ROOMS collection. Celmins combined images from photographs she had collected which were particularly important to her. 'Constellation – Uccello' (1983) brings together Celmins's own image of the night sky and a found image of a drawing by the Renaissance master Paolo Uccello. While Uccello’s perspectival drawing of a chalice explores the representation of three-dimensional space on the flat page, Celmins's own image explores a different rendering of space. Her interest lies in the surface and flat space. She had been to Florence as a student and had greatly admired Uccello. It is likely that she traced part of the image from a book.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Constellation - Uccello
  • date created:
    1983
  • materials:
    Aquatint and etching on paper
  • measurements:
    paper 69.10 x 58.50 cm (framed: 76.20 x 65.30 x 3.20 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • accession number:
    AR00606
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
Does this text contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? Tell us what you think.

Vija Celmins

Vija Celmins