The famous painting “Portrait of a woman” by the Austrian art Nouveau master Gustav Klimt was discovered 23 years after its theft. The work was created by the artist in the last years of his life and is reportedly worth about $ 66 million. The painting was stolen in 1997 and was included in the list of the most wanted art objects in Italy.
About the artist
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was a brilliant Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Viennese art Nouveau movement (Vienna secession). Klimt’s works, known for their complex, overtly sensual paintings and frescoes, cover themes of rebirth, love and death. Klimt’s eclectic range of influences included Egyptian, classical Greek, Byzantine, and medieval styles. Continue reading
The significance of his art in the development of world painting is invaluable, and his creative heritage served as a source of inspiration for the outstanding French masters of the XIX century. Kramskoy, Surikov, and Serov sang rave reviews of it. Fans of Spanish art have probably guessed that we are talking about the unsurpassed Diego Velasquez.
The greatest artist of the Spanish school was born in Seville in 1599. He was able to get a good education. From an early age, he grew up an inquisitive and well-trained child, quickly learned to read and from a young age began to collect his own library, which by the end of the artist’s life turned into a monumental collection.Judging by the subject matter of books and manuscripts in this library, Velasquez throughout his life was seriously interested in literature, architecture, history, philosophy, mathematics and astronomy, reading in Latin, Italian and Portuguese. Continue reading