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Muzzle of a Bull.

22 Jul
Muzzle of a Bull, watercolor 1523

Muzzle of a Bull, watercolor 1523

From renaissance onwards a new mentality arises in the field of observation. Drawings become more realistic, perspective and mathematics gain in importance. Albrecht Dürer is considered one of the first landscape artists. His series of observations, true to nature with the sharpest details, were never intended as artwork but rather as mere studies of nature. Self-conscious as Dürer was, taking into account his large collection of self portraits, he signed all of his works with his remarkable signature. As a painter, printmaker, theoretician and would-be reformer of the arts, his inexhaustible collection of works make him one of history’s greatest European visual artists.

Portrait of a Young Woman.

15 Jul
Portrait of a Young Woman, ca. 1470, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

Portrait of a Young Woman, ca. 1470, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

This ‘Portrait of a Young Woman’ by Petrus Christus, who is considered as a successor to Jan van Eyck, belongs among the masterworks of Flemish painting in Renaissance time. For the first time a portrait does not show the sitter in front of a neutral background, but in a concrete space, here defined by the wall panels. The unknown woman, whose rich velvet clothing suggests that she might come from France, radiates an aura of discretion and of nobility. The identity of the woman stays however, an object of speculation and mystery.

Sappho.

28 Feb

Sappho, roman fresco

Ancient Rome was a thriving civilization that began growing on the Italian Peninsula as early as the 8th century BC. Of the paintings which survive from the Roman classical world, many are frescoes from the area of Campania around Naples. Campania includes Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other towns whose buildings, paintings, and sculptures were preserved by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79. Romans used painted decoration to visually open up and lighten their living spaces. They copied or imitated many of their paintings from Hellenistic Greek originals. This Roman fresco was found in Pompeii. It shows the young woman ‘Sappho’, who was an ancient Greek poet greatly admired in all ages for the beauty of her writing style.

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