Verrocchio, Mantegna, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo. The greatest geniuses. What a vivid personality and how much they differ from each other! What unites the unsurpassed masters of that time, which bears the name of the Renaissance? Not only new in comparison with the Middle Ages – interest in antiquity, a different theme and spiritual richness of works. At the heart of everyone’s creativity is a new professional method of teaching fine art in workshops. 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
The views of the Barbizonians are many contradictory. Striving for a truthful depiction of nature, they, paradoxically, were negative towards realism, considering it too prosaic, aimed at creating “copies”, and not genuine art. G. Courbet was neglected, believing that his paintings “place in the kitchen.” The Barbizonians did not like the social orientation, which was strong with the master from Ornan. It came from their ideas about life, art. Fearing modern civilization, artists were extremely conservative politically. Continue reading