The human eye can distinguish about a million color shades – this is enough to perceive the world in all its diversity. However, there is a rare genetic mutation that allows you to see up to 100 million colors. People-tetrachromats are born very rarely, and therefore the work of the American artist Concetta Antico arouses such interest. Unfortunately, only people with the same anomaly can fully appreciate the ocean of color raging in her paintings.
Without going into medical and anatomical details, it is very difficult to explain the phenomenon of tetrachromacy. People, the exact number of which, by the way, is not even calculated, have, according to scientists, an additional type of color receptors. It is difficult to find out exactly how many children are born with this mutation, since most tetrachromats may not even notice that they are different from ordinary people. 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