The art of the Venetian masters aroused delight and imitation. Legends were made about him. Their works were so amazing that they were considered magical: they seemed to save from poison and disease, it was only necessary to drain the precious goblet of Venetian work. And subtle connoisseurs sometimes bequeathed to put the most valuable objects of colored glass in their tombs, from where archaeologists extracted them. So some of the early Venetian colored glass products painted with colored enamels and gold managed to reach us. 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
The fate of this talented – and still underrated artist – has been difficult. He was a little older than the Pre-Raphaelites, but by the time he became friends with them, he already had fifteen years of professional experience and studied in Belgium, France and Italy.
Brown tended to create great dramatic compositions. “It was in Paris that I decided to paint realistic paintings, because not a single Frenchman painted like that,” he said later. Continue reading