The history of art knows many examples when, at a change in cultural epochs, works created by predecessors begin to be perceived not quite rightly. Probably the most significant in this case is an example of the appearance of fig leaves on antique statues. For the sake of moral preservation in the Middle Ages, thousands of ancient masterpieces were subjected to “great castration.” Interestingly, this tradition today takes on a “second wind”.
The subject of nude in art often becomes a stumbling block and is still a heated debate – does the artist have the right to reveal his model, is this really an artistic device or just a way to get unhealthy attention? Continue reading
Collectors of antique painting conservative in their passions. The greatest interest are the Italian Renaissance masters, the old Dutch and German painters, the French Impressionists and some others. At the same time, artists from other countries and epochs often deserve no less attention. Let’s stop our view on painting in England.
Few would call English painting one of the wealth of the country, and in vain. Among the artists of England are many of the most interesting original artists, whose creations adorn the best art galleries of the world and the richest private collections of objects of art.
However, in the wide circles of art lovers, England is unfairly relegated to the background. Not everyone without a hitch would call the name of at least three English painters. Let us try to eliminate this injustice by offering a brief overview of old English painting from the moment of its formation into a separate, independent phenomenon of world art. Continue reading