SIMONETTA VESDUCHI (SIMONETTA DEI CATTANEY)
Beloved Sandro Botticelli
The wife of Marco Vespucci, whose brother, Amerigo, gave his name to America, discovered by Christopher Columbus.
The great artist Sandro Botticelli immortalized the beauty of Simonetta on his canvases. She is depicted in the center of almost every one of them, be it the Birth of Venus, Spring, or the Adoration of the Magi. Behind each female appearance one can feel the only – the appearance of Simonetta, in whom he was hopelessly and unrequitedly in love.
Simonetta herself never saw his paintings – she died on April 26, 1476. She was no more than 23 years old. Sandro Botticelli will be buried at the feet of Simonetta 34 years after her death.
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Savior of the world. Leonardo da Vinci. Sold at Christie’s for $ 450,000,000 The first fine arts market was captured by commissioner pioneer former Marine Officer James Christie Sr. Having arranged the first sale in 1766 in London, he soon already owned a room with a specially built auction room for him. Christie owed her heyday to the 1848 revolution, which marked the “era of great sales.” It is believed that it was Christie who turned the trade in antiques into art – the largest auctions of the 18th and 19th centuries were held here. And by the way, none other than James Christie himself acted as an intermediary in a deal to sell the collection of paintings by Sir Robert Walpole to the Russian Empress Catherine II. The purchased collection of works of art became the basis of the future Hermitage Museum.
Sotheby’s founder was book seller Samuel Baker, who held his first auction in London in 1744 and published the first book with a fixed price. In 1754, Baker opened a permanent auction house. For a century, Baker and his successors Continue reading
According to Umberto Eco , pure enjoyment of beauty should not be weighed down by possession. However, rarely is anyone capable of such a “pure” enjoyment. I want to own a beautiful thing, to be able to admire it often, to share this pleasure with those who are nearby, and what to dissemble, I want others to also admire your treasures.
Scientists believe that gathering is one of the genetically determined predispositions of a person, one of his instincts. For millennia, people have collected not only items that had economic and consumer benefits, but also those that had special properties and were not subject to direct material use in order to Continue reading