Dreaming the Bellinis Jacopo and Giovanni
dreaming a Masaccio
with wider sympathies
inventing modern painting
bringing it about
imbuing it with light
light of a great beauty not fingering a form
a jewel in it's own right
as something to display
It's not the light that ripples on a surface...
This light bends surface into form.
It's what Masaccio placed centre stage
but could not find an actor with the depth
so mixed it with an artificial light
with lines half learnt, lines mimed
left silent on the stage
until Bellini gave them voice
invoked massed choirs
to supersede line's single voice.
Bellini's love of nature
blossomed in the light
his colours were the colours of creation
thus painting's Holy Trinity
became of age.