The significance of Alberti’s textbook on painting and simplified perspective, followed by Piero’s account of perspective, and Vasari’s new history of painting.
Reading and the book in paintings from 1235 to 1849, a period in which they were mainly associated with religious devotion.
Primordial deity of the sky, and his son, better known by his Latin name of Saturn, and strange stories painted by Rubens, Goya and others.
A six metre (21 feet) high fresco is a major undertaking, particularly when it’s one of the first paintings to use accurate linear perspective. How was it done?
Popular with painters during the early 1600s, copper sheets were used by Jan Brueghel the Elder, Adam Elsheimer, David Teniers the younger, William Blake, and Joseph Stella, among others.
Set in a framing story of the Black Death striking Florence, its ten characters each tell ten stories over two weeks. Many fine paintings result.
The visual tradition of a stairway to heaven appears quite recent. I propose that Blake was its originator.
Vasari praised Masaccio’s fresco, then six years later painted over parts of it, and put his altarpiece in front, obscuring it for nearly 300 years.
We are often led to believe that oil paints were invented in Northern Europe, shortly before the first […]