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
If you don’t Google, how many Spanish artists of the XIX century will you name? And the Spanish Impressionists? Even sophisticated art lovers will remember is that of Joaquin Sorolla. Much easier is the case with the eras before and after — there and Velasquez, and Goya, and El Greco with Surbaran, and then Picasso and Dali. The Museum of Russian impressionism undertakes to fill this time gap and to open for the audience the names of Spanish artists who created amazing works at the intersection of national tradition and modern artistic trends of the second half of the XIX century.
The Museum of Russian impressionism together with the cultural Foundation Aurea Cultura I Art opens the exhibition “Impressionism and Spanish art”on October 10. It will feature 60 paintings, sculpture and graphics of 18 Spanish artists who were participants in the Grand revolution in art, who lived in Montmartre, participated in the exhibitions of the Paris Salon, in the exhibitions of the French Impressionists, returned home and became the harbingers of the new art. Continue reading
In the film “Frida” literally recreated several iconic paintings of the artist. This was achieved through a combination of skilful shooting and digital effects. Julie Taymor says: “I believe that it is impossible to fully understand and reveal how the artist creates. But Frida’s paintings are very autobiographical. Reading Herrera’s book, I could really understand how paintings came to be in her life, and that makes her very different from abstract artists like Pollock or Picasso. Like many people, I found her paintings frightening, eerie and eloquent, but as a Director they attracted me with their narrative content. I thought the photos and visuals that would allow these stories to unfold before your eyes would be a great addition to what would otherwise be a regular biopic.” Continue reading