Artists on art: Cornelia Parker
As an exhibition of masterpieces that once belonged to painters opens at the National Gallery, we ask artists to name a work that has particularly moved, influenced, fascinated or inspired them.
The Battle of San Romano, 1438-40, by Paolo Uccello, at the National Gallery
I have loved this painting for a long time and pop in to see it whenever I get a chance. It is like topping up visual batteries. I love that it is a highly composed battle scene – improbably, the broken lances have been arranged to line up perfectly, pointing to infinity. The silver leaf of the armour is tarnished grey as if the soldiers have been in perpetual combat. It was one of the sources of inspiration for my installation Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, where I formalised (and suspended) the fragments of a blown-up garden shed.
Curated by Cornelia Parker, Found is at the Foundling Museum until 4 September.
Painters' Paintings: From Freud to Van Dyck is at the National Gallery, 23 June – 4 September.
To read more on artists’ accounts of works that influenced or inspired them, see ‘The Power of Paintings’ in the summer 2016 issue of Art Quarterly. To receive the magazine, buy a National Art Pass and become a member.