Artist of the Day- Bill Viola and Pontormo

Bill Viola’s large-screen video installation The Greeting was inspired by The Visitation, painted by Italian Mannerist artist Jacopo Pontormo. Viola’s video sequence echoes the drama of Pontormo’s Visitation, but transforms the moment into an enigmatic contemporary narrative.

 When I first saw this video many years ago I knew instantly that it was somehow related to Pontormo’s Visitation. I say this because when I look at this still photo from the video I can see there isn’t really much to go on. So it is the video itself which evokes the emotion in the painting from the 1500s. Now that’s interesting!