The frescoes in the Sistine Chapel are some of the most exquisite paintings I have had the honour to behold.
In the mid to late fifteenth century, a team of Renaissance painters were selected to decorate the walls. Botticelli was one of them. He travelled form Florence to paint for the Pope in Rome.
This detail from one of his fresco panels shows his mastery of this technique and his skill as a draughtsman. Just marvellous… heavenly.
Giorgio Morandi was an Italian painter of still lifes… vases, bottles, bowls. And an excellent draughtsman. He loved Rembrandt, Cezanne and Picasso. And after a visit to Florence, was influence by some of the Italian greats Giotto, Masaccio, Piero, Uccello.
Vase of Flowers was part of his Pittura Metafisica (metaphysical phase). His was a more tangible interpretation of the metaphysical, and filled with emotional content.
Everything is a mystery, ourselves, and all things both simple and humble.
Michelangelo was one of the Great draughtsmen in the history of art. Of this there is no doubt. He certainly set his marks high. The result… magic.
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
I think he may be onto something here…
Vincent van Gogh painted close to thirty self-portraits within five years. Each holds their own. Colour, expression, intensity.
This one was dedicated to Paul Gauguin, for whom he held great respect and a genuine sense of comradery.
Gauguin says that when sailors have to move a heavy load or raise an anchor, they all sing together to keep them up and give them vim. That’s just what artists lack!
Matisse’s Studio Interior painted by Matisse. Very insightful. The easel, the canvases, frames, stool, flowers, vase and lemon.
Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illumination, the fog that surrounds.
And work hard he did. Always in the studio. Always drawing, painting and creating. Respect.
The Italian artist of the early fourteenth century is often acknowledged as the father of Renaissance art. His work portrayed psychology and physiognomy, and in doing so he brought forth pathos and humanity in painting.
Here… a beautifully constructed composition of colour and form, dancing before our eyes.
Vasari wrote of him '…he brought to life the great art of painting as we know it today, introducing the technique of drawing accurately from life, which had been neglected for more than two hundred years.'
Painting must give us the flavour of nature’s eternity. Everything, you understand. So I join together nature’s straying hands… From all sides, here there and everywhere, I select colours, tones, shades; I set them down, I bring them together… They make lines, they become objects - rocks, trees - without my thinking about them…
Cezanne the father of modern art, painted from nature in a most intuitive… and constructed way. He was poetic and sincere. These beautifully expressed words are testimony to that. Such a joy to read.