“The dress of the lady of Shallots is absolutely fantastic, from the historical point of view it can not be considered.
— There is a round mirror behind the lady — but there were no such large mirrors in the middle Ages, and they were generally convex.
Above hang oil lamps-personally I am very interested in their availability and use in Europe XIV—XV centuries, because it is convenient for the reenactment life. However, although oil lamps were then, but they looked very different, not like the Eastern “aladdinki”depicted on the canvas.
Jan van Eyck. Portrait of the Arnolfini couple (fragment)
The famous mirror in Jan van Eyck’s painting the Arnolfini Couple»
John William Waterhouse “the Story from “the Decameron”» Continue reading
Pre-Raphaelites in their works often turned to the theme of the middle Ages and the early Renaissance — artists were attracted by the beautiful subjects of ancient stories and legends, described in them the sublime relationships and exploits of brave knights for the sake of beautiful ladies. But the visual range of their paintings is often closer to” fantasy ” than to the realities of distant times. What on the canvases corresponds to the reality of the past, and what-not, we learned from historical reenactors, showing them the famous paintings of artists.
Reenactor with 11 years of experience. Since 2008 she has been engaged in historical dances, in 2010 she created the Studio of historical costume RoyalTailor. Continue reading
We present the first issue of our “art guide” for children: if you want your child to be savvy in the cultural sphere-we offer to start small. Children often see these images, and we suggest to learn more about the popular sources of “memes”. Masterpieces are arranged in chronological order, each picture we report on one curious fact. To be continued: new issues of the heading we will make together with you.
Please note: “click” on the image opens the picture in full size, and under the picture you will find a full description of each work of this art collection.
1. Jan van Eyck, Portrait of the Arnolfini couple (1434)
Jan van Eyck. Portrait of the Arnolfini couple
Portrait of the Arnolfini couple
Jan van Eyck
1434, 82×60 cm Continue reading
Art critic Martin Bailey, a researcher of the life of Vincent van Gogh, says: a few years ago, he often asked the question ” Why did the artist cut off his ear?”. Now the question is, did he commit suicide or was he actually killed?
The theory that the cause of death of van Gogh was murder (possibly manslaughter), arose in 2011 after the publication of a comprehensive study — a biography of the artist authored by two American writers, Stephen Nayfe and Gregory white Smith. They claimed that on July 27, 1890, van Gogh was shot in the stomach by 16-year-old Rene Secretan. The young man spent the summer at Auvers-sur-Oise and mocked the artist. Van Gogh was able to return to his hotel and died of his wounds two days later. Continue reading
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