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Titian the paradoxes of Love and Art in Venus and Adonis

By Sal Khan

 

The authoress Aneta Georgievska-Shine describes here the story of Venus and Adonis painted by Titian and the short love of them. She has referenced Ovid’s Metamorphoses as stimulation for Titian. She started with describing the artwork as Venus resisting Adonis to go on hunting. Adonis’s hounds are eager to…

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By Salauzzaman Khan

The changes and continuities in patronage of artworks during the Northern Renaissance period can be broken into three stages. The first stage was the patronage of artworks before the early sixteenth century. The second was during the start of the Reformation to the mid sixteenth century. The final stage of…

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A Brief History of Mannerism

By Sal Khan

Church, politics, and art were interrelated throughout history. During the Renaissance period, the church was extremely powerful and wealthy. They were the most influential institute promoting art. Also, the Protestant Reformation in 1517, the sack of Rome in 1527 had a great influence on art. The Army destroyed and robbed…

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Botticelli Primavera

By Sal Khan

In Botticelli’s painting of La Primavera (Figure 7) done in 1480 for the Medici’s. Though it is not documented anywhere but that time Lorenzo was in power and soon we will see how the painting depicts Medici patronage as a cultured and secular ruler. Like his grandfather Cosimo, Lorenzo was…

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Botticelli and The Birth of Venus

By Sal Khan

Probably the most most elusive painting of Botticelli is the Birth of Venus (Figure 8). In this painting, Venus is just born from the genitals of Uranus and the sea.[1] Though Venus is full nude here she is in her full modesty. The red roses and the giant…

Lorenzo de Medici and Architecture

By Sal Khan

 

During the late fifteenth century, the leading architect around Florence was Giuliano da Sangallo (c. 1443-1516). He was patronage by Lorenzo the Magnificent. Giuliano made his best work for Lorenzo and it was the Medici Villa (Figure 9) which was designed and inspired by the ancient Romans. By that…

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The Mystery of Cythera

By Sal Khan

Jean-Antoine Watteau’s Cythera paintings are still a burning debate among the art historians, because of its lack of specific interpretation about the journey to Cythera, or return from the island. Watteau painted his first Cythera in 1709-10, but the second and third Cythera is the most debated. Watteau painted The Embarkation for Cythera(Figure 2) in 1717,…

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Christies : The Rising of the Youngster

By Sal Khan


The Industrial Revolution made England richer than anytime. It made England one of the wealthiest nations in Europe. By 1750, English population worked in industry was earning more than from people working in farming.[1] A philosopher, Jeremy Bentham first invented a new word ‘capitalist’ which was popular soon.

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Sotheby's : The First Art Auction House in Europe

By Sal Khan

 

The Founder of Sotheby’s

The founder of Sotheby was Samuel Baker (1713–78).[1] Baker first started his own business by selling books in the mid of Enlightenment era, 1744.[2] Sometimes he got a big collection of books to sell. Baker found it easy to sell…

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The patronage of visual arts during the Northern Renaissance before and after the Reformation

By Sal Khan

The changes and continuities in patronage of artworks during the Northern Renaissance period can be broken into three stages. The first stage was the patronage of artworks before the early sixteenth century. The second was during the start of the Reformation to the mid sixteenth century. The final stage of…

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Spring Garden : The First Public Art Exhibition in London

By Sal Khan

From the early eighteenth century to 1730s, the option of displaying art was very limited.[1] Artists could display in their atelier and only in the auctions.[2] Sometimes, they displayed their artworks in a coffee house. An example of this is Don Saltero’s coffee shop nearly 1708.

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The Annunciation : Leonardo's Rare Finished Artwork

By Sal Khan

The Annunciation is a very rare finished oil painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. Though most of the work done by the maste painter is unfinished, the Annunciation got a better luck. Leonardo completed it at 1472, near the end of Early Renaissance. It was rectangular in size, 222 cm…