The Bellini Dynasty (father of Jacopo Bellini and his sons Gentile and Giovanni) laid the foundations of Renaissance art in Venice. The Bellini family is always remembered when it comes to the Venetian school of painting or the Early Renaissance. This is a dynasty of artists, each of whom developed in his own style, but all of them are united by brilliant talent, craving for beauty and a desire to reflect it on canvas.
Jacopo Bellini (1400-1470) – one of the oldest masters of Venice and a brilliant draftsman, was a student of Gentile da Fabriano, one of the leading artists of the beginning of the 15th century (in his honor Jacopo named his eldest son, Gentile). In addition, Jacopo was a passionate traveler who took albums with him and captured the beauty of the places visited, preserving the sketch and drawings for future Continue reading
The painting “Spring” (“Primavera”) was called a “mythological mystery”, and critics did not agree on the meaning of the canvas: an allegory of a wedding or a fertile season? The glorification of Venus or beauty? There are many interpretations of “Spring”, while one does not exclude the other. What mysteries does this famous painting by Botticelli hide?
Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, nicknamed Botticelli was born and died in Florence. He became a favorite artist of the Medici family. For an influential patron, he created his most famous paintings. In 1482, Lorenzo Medici ordered “Spring” as a wedding present to his 17-year-old nephew Lorenzo di Continue reading
When John Singer Sargent unveiled his portrait of a woman in black in 1884, Parisian society literally broke out with indignation. The artist was forced to leave the country, and the heroine of the portrait went into the shadows for a long time. What so revolted the audience of the XIX century?
“Portrait of Madame X” is an elegant portrait of John Singer Sargent, which features a young socialite Virginie Amelie Avigno Gautro. Virginie Gautro – the wife of a wealthy businessman Pierre Gautro. At that time, Virginie had the status of “professional beauty.” This term refers to people who have used their social skills and appearance to develop in society.
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