Maxim of the Renaissance “Every artist paints himself”, expressed in the XV century, has not lost relevance in our days. For centuries, in addition to simple self-portraits, painters have left secret signatures on their canvases and inserted their images into the works — sometimes in a very unexpected and inventive way.
This sense of self-worth among artists arose in the Renaissance with its humanistic values, proclaiming the importance of the individual and creativity. During this period, two types of hidden self-portraits appeared in Europe. In Italy, artists usually placed their images on the right side of paintings or altars, and their gaze was consciously turned to the viewer.
Sandro Botticelli. Adoration of the Magi
Painting “Adoration of the Magi” (1475) with the representatives of the Medici clan depicted on it. The far right is believed to be Sandro Botticelli portrayed himself. Continue reading