The Arnolfini Portrait, as the title states, was revolutionary in its time and fascinates to this day. The double portrait is not in the category of simple representational art. Instead, everything in the picture attracts the viewer’s attention to details which could be an important message or convey a meaning.
TolfArte, the award-winning arts and crafts festival, celebrated its 13th anniversary last week. The most anticipated Italian party of the summer took place between the 4th and 6th August on the streets of Tolfa, a picturesque small town situated about 80 kilometers northwest of the Italian capital of Rome, in a spectacular setting made with recycled materials by artist Riccardo Pasquini.
When it comes to Michelangelo Buonarroti, most would probably recall the frescoes of The Sistine Chapel in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City which is the official residence of the Pope. Quite plausibly, Michelangelo might have been a little stirred with this assignment, since he considered himself a sculptor and an architect, not a painter. Work on Sistine Chapel was a personal struggle for him, not a joy. Despite that he created a masterpiece that is worthy of admiration.
The historical masterpieces are full of symbols and hidden meanings. Since the circumstances of those times were generally not favourable towards open expression and also since the concepts of the paintings were practically dictated by the buyer, primarily The Church, the masters were forced to use their great diplomatic skills and tactics to imbed their messages surreptitously. There is no just one way to view the paintings. Although dictionaries of symbolism of different eras are available there still exists that intriguing possibility...there might be more to decipher.
Repetitive motifs in photography have a comforting effect on the eye. Geometry has been used in photography and painting since the beginning of art. Whether the geometric objects are hidden or obvious, the human eye has the ability to link individual objects with a geometric pattern. Circles represent a closed and complete sphere, lines appear to move, triangles create tension, squares and rectangles create a balance. Check out our gallery.
Visual art in public spaces which is sometimes unauthorized is primarily for reaching out to a wide audience, as a free form of art. What are the differences and the trends in street or urban art? Find out from our gallery.
"Jotaka" is a Spanish Illustrator who creates cute and pretty illustrations using colored textured paper. In ordinary life his name is Juan Carlos, and he lives in Valencia, Spain. All his works are unique, each has its own style, and the characters in his illustrations are very optimistic and funny. The technique of this artist's work is quite simple: he cuts out the paper elements of a new composition and pastes them on top of each other, creating a collage. We were very curious to know a little bit more about him.
Banksy has come to Rome. Or in other words: the art of the mysterious street artist known as Banksy has been exhibited in the Italian capital since May 24th this year.
When you follow Tammy Kanat Instagram you open the door to a gorgeous and colourful world of arm knit blankets, magnificent rugs, and modern wall hangings. Her woven tapestries are an expression of herself. By combining bright colours, different shapes, and various techniques she creates pieces that represent her love of nature, texture, and design. And during our conversation we learn why her work is such a magnet for so many artists and makers. To begin with, it's just so insanely beautiful!
Gonzalo Muiño has his own recognizable and elegant (and not devoid of humor) style in the world of graphic art. Trained as a graphic designer, Gonzalo is currently working at AD Spain and as a free lance illustrator. His clients have included Grazia, Glamour, and Time magazines, Zara, Penguin, and others. His love of fashion and film often finds its way into his illustrations, especially in his portrait series for Icon postcards, which include Coco Chanel, Anna Wintour, and Grace Coddington. During our discussion, we talked about several topics ranging from Karl Lagerfeld to illustrative techniques.