“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
Frederick Arthur Bridgman is one of the most popular Orientalist painters. He created a canvas that carries the viewer in the time of Ancient Egypt. What secrets of the Egyptian tradition are illuminated by his painting, The Procession of the Sacred Bull of Anubis?
Frederick Arthur Bridgman is known for his paintings on the theme of the East. At the age of five, he stated that he decided to become an artist, and at sixteen he dropped out of school and began his career as an engraver at the American Banknote Company. However, this work soon bored Arthur, and in 1866 he went to Paris to study with the artist and sculptor Jean — Leon Gerome at the School of Fine Arts. In 1873 he went to North Africa.
In Africa, Bridgman worked for five years, creating hundreds of sketches and collecting artifacts and costumes. Bridgman painted the East and Africa magnificent, mysterious, luxurious and, most importantly, realistic. His images of exotic people and cultures fascinated Americans and Europeans throughout the 1880s. Subsequently, Bridgman created many more oriental paintings from memory, Continue reading