A reflection of this approach was the work of Mamduh Kashlan. In “Local Street”, he depicts a typical street in the old district of the city with picturesque neighborhoods and quaint buildings. A cashlan with a mark of observation conveys many details characteristic of old Damascus – wooden blinds on the windows, asymmetrically located windows on stone walls, consoles supporting balconies, constantly arches. In some paintings, the author gives a panorama of the Syrian capital with a translucent haze of warm air hiding the sharp outlines of buildings, reveals the romantic beginning of the city’s appearance. Continue reading
Ostracons constitute a significant, but little-known layer of Egyptian art. They can be divided into several categories: drawings, sketches, compositions for wall paintings and reliefs, fluent full-scale sketches, in which the masters made sketches of vivid postures, facial expressions, gestures, drawings, models, which served as a kind of visual aids.
Leading masters were fluent in the technique of carving and painting, and each of them was an excellent draftsman. Continue reading
By the beginning of the XVIII century, the once powerful Venice had lost the significance of the political center of the Mediterranean, turning into a kind of pilgrimage center. Rich travelers from all over Europe came here to admire the beauties of the city. And everyone dreamed of taking away a picture, drawing or engraving depicting any corner of a beautiful city. No wonder the landscape was most popular among other genres. Continue reading