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 The word “portrait” originates from the outdated French word portraire – to write off someone’s image.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
There are works of art that can be brought into the house, hung on the wall, put in a folder. This print – lithography, linocut, etching, woodcut.
Estamp (in French “Estampe”) is an easel work of art graphics, which must be signed by the artist, each print below is under a painting field.
The art of LITHOGRAPHY is massive, operational, capable of quickly responding to modern events. The visual possibilities are inexhaustible – in it you can reflect all the topics, express all shades, thoughts, Continue reading
The works of the masters of the Georgian era, who vividly demonstrated the picturesque possibilities of watercolors, honed the already known technical methods and created many new ones, led to the true heyday of the English watercolor school in the 19th century. Many of the best old paintings of the Victorian era are made in this technique. Researchers of antique painting in England, with good reason, argue that at the beginning of the 19th century, watercolor became almost the most important form of English fine art.
A sign of the popularity of watercolor technique was the foundation in 1804 of the Society of watercolorists. The initiator of the Society was William Frederick Wells (1762-1836), a watercolorist and engraver, a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, a friend of William Turner.
The popularity of watercolors was also explained by the comparative simplicity and accessibility of technology. There are many amateur artists who have tried their hand in the genres of landscape and miniature portrait.
As watercolors became in great demand, watercolors no longer needed to be distracted by the search for other sources of Continue reading