“I saw cats without smiles, but a smile without a cat …” – Lewis Carroll “Alice in Wonderland”.
The situation with contemporary art, starting from the 20th century, resembles the smile of the Cheshire Cat Lewis Carroll: the cat disappeared, the smile hangs in the air, and it is unclear whether it is or is strange. It is only clear that artistry in the usual sense of the word has nothing to do with it.
One famous artist packs bridges and public buildings in nylon and polypropylene. Another travels the world and celebrates museums and galleries, painting a banana on their walls. The third, stripping Continue reading
Simonetta Vespucci (Simonetta Dei Cattanei)
Beloved Sandro Botticelli
The wife of Marco Vespucci, whose brother, Amerigo, gave his name to America, discovered by Christopher Columbus.
The great artist Sandro Botticelli immortalized the beauty of Simonetta on his canvases. She is depicted in the center of almost every one of them, be it the Birth of Venus, Spring, or the Adoration of the Magi. Behind every female appearance one can feel the only one – the look of Simonetta, with whom he was hopelessly and unrequitedly in love.
Simonetta herself never saw his paintings – she died on April 26, 1476. She was no more than 23 years old. Sandro Botticelli will be buried at the feet of Simonetta 34 years after her death.
Sandro Botticelli Paintings
Elena Fourman. Peter Paul Rubens
Rubens second wife Continue reading