At the beginning of the 16th century, Rafael Santi created the painting “The Lady with the Unicorn”, which was included in the “golden fund” of High Renaissance painting. It is unlikely that the artist could have imagined that through the centuries his canvas will be changed beyond recognition, and art critics will argue about why the image was changed?
Rafael Santi (1483-1520) – is included in the galaxy of the best Renaissance artists along with Leonardo and Michelangelo. He differs from his colleagues in his youthful years (he created a large number of masterpieces as a young man) and the most outstanding portraits in history. His name became legendary during his lifetime, and his art is a clear embodiment of harmony, balance and clarity of style. As a true Continue reading
“Changed with my wife” – a picture of Quentin Masseys with a moralizing religious connotation, contains the most important and popular attribute in the painting of Flanders and the Netherlands – a mirror. In this picture, this subject reflected not only the worldview of the heroes, but also the history of an entire era.
The Flemish artist Quentin Masseys is known for genre scenes with moralizing content, with a satirical and religious accent. He is considered the founder of the Antwerp School of Painting, which became the leading school of painting in Flanders in the 16th century. Massey introduced new artistic techniques and motifs, as well as moral subjects. Like most Flemish artists of the time, he paid great attention to jewelry, Continue reading
The student of the great founder of the Renaissance, Giotto and favorite Modigliani, Simone Martini, embodied Siena artistic principles in his work, introduced many innovations into painting art, which became a guiding star for young masters, and also created a truly masterpiece fresco – “Maesta”, about the true meanings of which art historians disputes today.
Martini’s painting is melodic, symbolic and poetic (this was influenced by friendship with the poet Francesco Petrarch). One legend has come to the present. It is said that Simone Martini painted a portrait of the beautiful lover of Petrarch – Laura. Giorgio Vasari (author of the famous Biographies), wrote that the portrait was as amazing as the girl herself. In response to the portrait, Petrarch presented Continue reading