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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Go-hua traditional Chinese painting is considered to be close in spirit and used tools to calligraphy.
In China, mascara tiles, which are ground with water to the desired consistency, as well as water-based paints with mineral and vegetable pigments, are used as a color carrier.
Silk, cotton fabric, sometimes paper is used as the basis of the picture. To paint use brushes made of bamboo and wool of domestic or wild animals.
The color scheme of traditional Chinese painting is laconic and consists of three, four discreet colors, rich tonal transitions of the same color, usually the color of black mascara. The white color of the sheet or fabric creates a conditional airspace and is the current color, and not the emptiness of an unfilled field.
Artists create a harmonious and poetic world of nature, plants, animals and birds, using the basic stylistic techniques that have developed over many centuries. The main styles of traditional painting are gunbi (thorough brush) and sei (rough brush). Gunbi technique is characterized by thoroughness and accuracy in writing details, a clear drawing of the elements of the picture. In the sei technique, the artist is more concerned with conveying Continue reading
From several biographical sources it is known that Michelangelo forged ancient Roman sculptures. He created a new marble sculpture, then smashed it, buried it in the garden and after some time declared that he had found Roman antiques.
A few years later, Cardinal Raffael Riario discovered a forgery and demanded his money back from antique dealer Baldassare del Milanese. He took the Sleeping Cupid back and sold it much more as the original Michelangelo, since by this time Michelangelo had become the most sought-after sculptor.
Biographer Giorgio Vasari wrote: “Michelangelo also reproduced the drawings of various old masters in Continue reading