The term contrapposto is often used when describing classical, Renaissance, and later paintings and sculptures. But what exactly is contrapposto?
Everybody is familiar with the Italian Renaissance because of artists like Leonardo da Vinci and artworks like the Sistine Chapel ceiling. This time and place includes some of the greatest household names in art history, as well as countless other artists of great merit. But do you know what the Italian Renaissance was all about and why it was so special? Find out in my brief guide for DailyArt Magazine.
Irving Stone's The Agony and the Ecstasy is a 1961 biographical novel about Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564). I'm glad that people kept pushing me towards this book until I couldn't resist anymore; I enjoyed it greatly and recommend it highly. Here's why.
In honor of the Christmas season, I thought it would be a nice idea to look at an artist famous for his beautiful and elegant angel paintings. I'm speaking, of course, about Fra Angelico.
Here's a fun piece of news to make things interesting in the art world. A painting attributed to early Italian Renaissance artist Cimabue was recently found in an elderly French woman's kitchen. Learn about Cimabue and why this new discovery is both significant and controversial.
In this tempera painting by 14th-century Italian artist Niccolo di ser Sozzo, the angel looks impatient and irritated. This is something you don't see very often, so why does it look like this?
Giorgio Vasari is considered to be the father of art history. In the mid-16th century, he wrote a set of biographies of Italy's most important artists and architects. It's been influential ever since then. A new biography of Vasari, published in 2017, takes a complete look at Vasari's life and work as both an artist and writer.
A fun fact about Michelangelo and his drawings. Why didn't he want people to see them?
A fun fact (or possibly a tall tale) about Michelangelo and his famous statue of David.
A guide to recognizing and appreciating Renaissance architecture. Includes background, key ideas, important architects, and examples.