Monthly Archives: June 2018
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