Posts Tagged 'Art'

Why is Modern Art so Bad?

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Caravaggio Used Optical Tool to Trace Models

From the article:

Italian Renaissance painter Caravaggio used revolutionary optical instruments to “photograph” his models more than 200 years before the invention of the camera, according to a researcher in Florence.

The 16th-century artist celebrated for his dramatic chiaroscuro (light and shadow) paintings mastered “a whole set of techniques that are the basis of photography,” Roberta Lapucci said.

Caravaggio worked in a “darkroom” and illuminated his models through a hole in the ceiling, said Lapucci, who teaches at the prestigious Studio Art Centers International in the Tuscan capital.

The image was then projected on a canvas using a lens and a mirror, she said.

Caravaggio “fixed” the image, using light-sensitive substances, for around half an hour during which he used white lead mixed with chemicals and minerals that were visible in the dark to paint the image with broad strokes, Lapucci said.

She has hypothesized that Caravaggio used a photoluminescent powder from crushed fireflies, which was used at the time to create special effects in theater productions.

One of the main elements of these mixtures was mercury — to which prolonged exposure can affect the central nervous system causing irritability and other symptoms — which Lapucci said would help explain Caravaggio’s notorious temper.

Reda the article here.

Renaissance and Baroque Imagery

Nice Renaissance and Baroque Imagery focusing on St. Jerome from what I believe is a Portuguese website. The images are small but you can see many works and read their relevant captions.

Use this site to translate the site into English if you want to read the text.
Original untranslated version here.

Another nice site (in English) with mnay large images of paintings and sculpture here. There is a lot of stuff to look at so take some time and explore.

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