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How the “woman with a man’s soul”, which Rubens himself painted, became the first lady of the Renaissance
The first lady of the Renaissance – such an honorary title could receive a great artist or muse for the creators of that era. But Isabella d’Este, namely, she has been holding this title for many centuries, was neither one nor the other – except that as a work of art, she took her own biography, becoming herself a source of inspiration.
Duke of Ferrara is a girl from a good family
Italy of the 15th century was a territory divided into separate states with many ruling families. One of them was the d’Este dynasty of Ferrara. The duke Ercole, a traveler and art lover, having married – not without political considerations – Leonora Neapolitan, left behind a brilliant offspring. Each of his offspring played a significant role in the state life of the peninsula, but the eldest girl, Isabella, was destined for a special fate – to become the prima donna of the Renaissance. Continue reading
Why the extravagant genius of the Renaissance has not been recognized for centuries in the Homeland: “Another Venetian” by Lorenzo Lotto
Among the great Italian Renaissance artists, Lorenzo Lotto occupies a special place. More recently, this painter was in the shadow of his famous contemporaries and countrymen, for centuries remaining unrecognized even in his homeland. Meanwhile, the creative and life path of this misanthrope and non-conformist of the times of Titian, as well as the fate of some of his paintings, deserve attention, study, and often admiration.
Lorenzo Lotto was born in 1480. Italian art in those days entered the era of the High Renaissance. The main direction in painting was determined by Venetian artists, and the inhabitants of mainland Italy strove to this city to adopt the manner of eminent masters and find expression and recognition of their talent.
Despite the fact that Lotto was lucky enough to spend his childhood and youth in Venice, having received an art education there, he did not become a Venetian artist in a sense. Continue reading
The profile, which in the modern world is associated primarily with self-presentation in the Internet space, in its original meaning of a half-turn, a silhouette, is almost the same age as the fine art. The appearance of a profile portrait, as well as the decline in its popularity, is most directly related to the main stages of the development of human culture.
The ancestors of modern man knew how to create images of their own kind in the Paleolithic period. The surviving cave paintings show scenes from the life of a caveman, with animals and people, as a rule, painted in profile.
In ancient Egypt, a man’s head was also portrayed from a side angle, while the body was turned towards the viewer. The Assyrians and artists of the early periods of civilization of Ancient Greece adhered to the same rules. The fact is that drawing a profile required significantly less skills from a master than using other angles, nevertheless allowing to achieve similarity with the original and realize the goals of the work. Continue reading