On 22 August 1911, he went to the Louvre to paint the Mona Lisa. It had gone missing, though, and didn’t show up for another 2 years.
Painted long after the death of history painting, this shows Botticelli being introduced to the most beautiful woman in northern Italy, in about 1475. Each face is true to life.
He is now almost forgotten, despite this being the 500th anniversary of his death. He was certainly an important influence on Raphael, and more.
When he returned to painting in 1504, he was quick to incorporate the latest developments such as sfumato, and enhanced his landscapes from real life.
The early history of pastel, from Robert Nanteuil, through the brilliant portraits of Rosalba Carriera, to Maurice Quentin de La Tour, and the hyperrealism of Liotard.
The advent of wet-in-wet, canvas supports, fewer layers, impasto, and visible brushstrokes.
Introduction to a series explaining the history of oil paint, effects on techniques, hence on paintings themselves.
We know almost nothing about his life, and very few works can be robustly attributed to his hand. But he was one of the most important artists in history.
The earliest landscape paintings – and very many since – have fundamentally been visual records of the world.