Monthly Archives: February 2018
In Cologne, stone tombs of Roman legionnaires were also found. There were quarries designed specifically for their manufacture. The setting of tombstones was a sign of the welfare of the deceased. On one of the best reliefs of this type, the tombstones of veteran Julius Materna and his wife, a scene of the “grave meal”, traditional for antiquity, is presented. Julius Matern himself is lying on the bed at the banquet table, next to him is his wife, his beloved dog, there are minions on each side. Continue reading
As another example, let us trace how the creative personality of Michelangelo was formed. For thirteen years he entered the studio of the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio. At age 15, he made a satire mask, which attracted the attention of the enlightened Florentine ruler Lorenzo Medici, a great philanthropist and a versatile person.
Young Michelangelo moved to an art school at the court of Lorenzo, where he began to study under the guidance of Bertoldo di Giovanni, a student of Donatello. Continue reading
Here is a quote from a book by Giovio, an Italian historian of the 16th century. He describes the teaching method of Leonardo da Vinci, which gives us an idea of the nature of instruction in workshops of the 15th – 16th centuries. According to Giovio, Leonardo strictly forbade students to use brushes and paints for the time being, “allowing them only to choose and painstakingly paint with their lead pencil the immortal samples of the most ancient works, to transmit with the simplest strokes the forces of nature and the contours of bodies that appear before our eyes in such a variety of movements. Continue reading