For innovations in the technique of paintings, obsessive satire of his work and personal belief that the artist’s vision is more important than tradition, Goya is often called “the first of the modern”. His uncompromising depiction of the reality of his time marks the beginning of a new art of the XIX century.
Francisco Goya y Lucientes was born on March 30, 1746 in an Aragonese village and studied painting in the workshop of the Zaragoza artist Jose Lusano-Martinez. The work of the Spanish artist, which developed at the turn of the XVIII-XIX centuries, opens the art of a new historical era. Continue reading
On Saturday, August 28, 1717, Antoine Watteau presented a painting for which he was admitted to the French Academy. The canvas depicting a gallant celebration quickly received the approval of its members and gave birth to a new genre in painting of the era. But then something went wrong, in any case, the artist changed the name of his canvas.
Antoine Watteau, the French Rococo artist and founder of the” gallant festival”, made the main object of his painting the love island of Greek mythology, visible in the background and inhabited by countless cupids. Continue reading
In 15th-century Flanders, the van Eyck brothers were famous for their skill, innovation, and desire for changes in art and for the break with the Gothic that had already occurred in other European countries. All these qualities are perfectly combined in the monumental work of Jan van Eyck – “the Madonna of Canon van der pale”. It hides mysterious symbolic elements, as well as a self-portrait of the master himself.
The artist Jan van Eyck was born in 1390 in Maaseik, near Maastricht. He worked at the court of the Bavarian Dukes in the Hague, then was in the service of the Duke of Burgundy Philip the Good. Continue reading