CHOOSE A CANVAS FOR PAINTING
I, as a restorer, are categorically against self-gluing and priming by the artist as a canvas. I hope it’s not worth explaining why. However, if you are still sure (I…

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How to buy a painting as a gift
If you are reading this article and are considering whether to choose a painting for a gift, then you have already made the right choice. If you approach the purchase…

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SEARCH BREAKTHROUGH PANELS
Types of breakthroughs in size and shape are very different. Round shapes are rare, most often in the direction of the threads of the canvas. Breakthroughs are straight, angular, steps…

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How a medieval rebel artist from Korea glorified watermelons and mice

She was named after the patroness of pregnant women and mothers, but Sin Saimdan rebelled all her life against the traditional female role. A magnificent education, which Korean women did not rely on in the Middle Ages, the secret role of the head of the family, spiritual practices, poems and paintings … In South Korea, she is considered a national heroine and decorated with portraits of stamps and banknotes. And glorified her drawings depicting … watermelons and mice.

Sin Saimdan was born in the 16th century in the old and noble family of Pensan Sin, about which legends were composed. The ancestor of this family was considered a marksman, who pleased with his hunting skills the first king of Korea, and the descendants, miraculously, all Koreans named Sin. At birth, Sin Saimdan was called Ying Song. Continue reading

MODERN PORTRAIT EXCLIBRIS

Portrait bookplate – one of the oldest types of book characters – appeared after the stamp. The first engraved bookplate is considered the emblem of the knight Bernhardt von Rohrbach, made in 1460 by the German engraver Bartel Schön. The portrait ex-libris was not long in coming; the earliest surviving portrait ex-libris was made in 1498 for the Basel Bishop of Limberger. It is not necessary to doubt the time of appearance of this bookplate, it shows the date of its creation, no date was indicated on any of its predecessors.

The origin of portraiture dates back to ancient times. The oldest known attempt to portray a human face has 27 millennia, it was discovered in the cave of Villoner near the French city of Angouleme in the department of Charente. The word “portrait” originates from the outdated French word portraire – to write off someone’s image. The first who proposed to use the term “portrait” exclusively for “depicting a (concrete) human being” was the French art historian and official court historian of King Louis XIV Andre Felibien. Continue reading

Color linocut

The technique of color prints on paper and other materials has been known for a very long time. In India, China, color printing was used to decorate fabrics. The signet was cut out on a tree. In Europe, in the fourteenth century, books and individual engraved sheets began to decorate with color prints. At the beginning of the XVI century, artists from Germany, Italy, France and the Netherlands began to work in this technique. We are aware of high-level Chinese color prints of the 17th century. Early European engravings are made in 2-3 colors with a predominance of black contour. In Italian engravings, the outline black color is printed in places of shadow. Japanese color engraving appeared later and was more decorative, made in 2-3 boards and had a black outline, individual engravings were done in technique and up to 12 boards. The main Continue reading

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Engraving: concept, essence.
Engraving is the youngest of the visual arts. If the origin of painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture is lost in prehistoric epochs, then the appearance of engraving is more or less…

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ANCIENT ENGLISH PAINTING, FAMOUS ENGLISH ARTISTS
Collectors of antique paintings are conservative in their passions. Of greatest interest are the Italian masters of the Renaissance, the old Dutch and German painters, French impressionists and some others.…

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George Washington Book Sign
George Washington was commander in chief of the continental army during the Revolutionary War in 1775-1781 and the first president of the United States in 1789-1897. Naturally, the bookplate of…

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ENGLISH AQUAREL, PAINTING OF OLD MASTERS
Watercolor is often called the most moody and unpredictable technique. This is due to many nuances of the behavior of water-based paints. An artist inexperienced in watercolor painting, even observing…

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