In the Name of Melancholy | Odd Nerdrum & Jan-Ove Tuv | The Cave of Apelles

What are the signifiers of an eternal image? Odd Nerdrum argues for the melancholic perspective on life and points to painters like Jacques-Louis David, Rembrandt and Titian.

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Chapter markers:
00:22 Melancholy wins in the long run
04:20 Big wounds in your memory
06:05 Zorn’s confidence and Rembrandt’s angst
07:44 How adversity crippled Munch
09:31 Munch’s allegiance to the time
11:50 Rembrandt “pictured his life”
13:47 Melancholic works always remembered
14:37 Opaque desire vs love
18:27 The poetic attitude
21:09 Munch’s Sick Child
26:12 Jacques David, Lievens and Claudius Cilvilis
31:21 Muted colors, from earth to life
37:58 The contour line and “flat” figures
39:12 In and out breath, grayness and many layers
46:28 Metaphors in paint layers (Titian vs Zorn)
48:15 Titian’s Marsyas: Tragic vs mythic level
52:20 Geo vs Helio mindset (Gatsby, Wyeth, Nerdrum)
56:18 God sees you: the inverted perspective of icons

This episode featured Odd Nerdrum & Jan-Ove Tuv and was filmed and edited by Bork Nerdrum.



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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"