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31 08, 2017

Roman wall painting – Ancient Rome

By |2019-05-03T10:20:49-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|0 Comments

First Style Roman wall painting (now in the Louvre) Wall painting in ancient Rome There was also a lot of wall painting to decorate the walls of houses during this time. Art historians sometimes divide the wall painting of the first century AD into four different styles. That's because of the many different styles [...]

4 08, 2017

Who was Velazquez? Spanish art history

By |2017-08-04T15:58:00-07:00August 4th, 2017|Art, Modern Europe|0 Comments

Velazquez (self-portrait), ca. 1650 AD, when he was about fifty years old. Diego Velazquez was one of the best artists of the generation after Rubens. He was born in 1599, in Seville, in southern Spain. He may have been descended from Spanish Jews who had been forced to convert to Catholicism a hundred years earlier. Young [...]

4 08, 2017

Who was Titian? Renaissance Art

By |2017-08-04T15:50:49-07:00August 4th, 2017|Art, Modern Europe|0 Comments

Titian's self-portrait of himself in old age The Renaissance painter Titian was born about 1490 AD, near the Italian city of Venice. He was a little younger than other Renaissance artists. When Titian was born, Leonardo da Vinci was middle-aged. Michelangelo was already a teenager, and Raphael was seven years old. Titian's father managed local castles and mines [...]

4 08, 2017

Peter Paul Rubens – European art history

By |2017-08-04T15:40:52-07:00August 4th, 2017|Art, Modern Europe|0 Comments

Rubens (self-portrait), 1620 AD Peter Paul Rubens was born in Germany in 1577. At that time, the Holy Roman Emperors were weak and there were a bunch of civil wars going on. His father, who was a lawyer, was also a Calvinist - a Protestant. The family fled to Cologne before Rubens was born, because of fighting between [...]

4 08, 2017

Raphael – Biography – Renaissance art

By |2018-04-23T09:44:15-07:00August 4th, 2017|Art, Modern Europe|0 Comments

Raphael's early selfie as a teenager Raphael, Titian, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci were the four greatest painters of the Renaissance in Italy. Raphael was born in 1483, when Michelangelo was eight years old and Leonardo was already grown up; Titian was a little younger. With their new Chinese compasses, the first European ships were just beginning to sail south to Congo and Angola. Columbus reached the Caribbean when Raphael was nine [...]

4 08, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci Biography

By |2019-09-18T07:42:09-07:00August 4th, 2017|Modern Europe|2 Comments

Leonardo da Vinci, artist and scientist - a self-portrait Leonardo was home-schooled Leonardo da Vinci was born near Florence, in Italy, in 1452 AD. His father was a clerk, and his parents weren't married. Until he was five, Leonardo lived with his mother. Then he moved to his father's house, where he was home-schooled in Latin and math. What [...]

4 08, 2017

Pieter Brueghel – European Art

By |2019-02-24T20:11:19-07:00August 4th, 2017|Art, Modern Europe|0 Comments

Pieter Brueghel, Children's Games (1560 AD) Did Brueghel see Chinese art? As European traders began to sail directly to China in the late 1400s AD, they brought back all kinds of new things to Europe: porcelain vases, paper fans, silk cloth. Ming Dynasty Chinese art Medieval European art All our Modern Europe articles [...]

31 07, 2017

Who was Donatello? – a sculptor in Florence

By |2019-05-15T06:06:09-07:00July 31st, 2017|Art, Medieval|0 Comments

David, from the story of David and Goliath Who was Donatello? Donatello was an Italian sculptor, from Florence, in the later Middle Ages. He was born in Florence about 1386 AD. His family were involved with buying and selling wool, and were probably pretty well off. He was homeschooled with some other kids, and then went [...]

31 07, 2017

Cimabue – Giotto’s teacher – Medieval art

By |2019-04-04T04:41:14-07:00July 31st, 2017|Art, Medieval|0 Comments

The painter Cimabue's Madonna and Jesus, in Louvre Museum, Paris Who was Cimabue? The painter Cimabue (really Cenno di Pepe, but people call him Cimabue) was born in Florence, Italy, around 1240 AD, in the Middle Ages. More about Florence Medieval art All our Middle Ages articles Cimabue's mosaics Cimabue (chee-MA-boo-ay) worked in and around [...]