This Book of Quotes includes important phrases by Leonardo da Vinci adapted in corresponding English-Spanish paragraphs. The book is excellent way to read Paragraph by Paragraph Translation as each... More > individual English paragraph is paired with the corresponding Spanish paragraph. The paragraphs are not long, so there is no need to do a lot of back and forth to see the English translation and the Spanish text.
Leonardo, like his contemporary Christopher Columbus, possessed an insatiable curiosity and desire for discovery of unknown worlds. Only observation, says many times Leonardo, is the key to knowledge and understanding. Throughout his life Leonardo seeks to understand and control the nature. He constructed machines and original installations, built bridges, dissected human bodies and trying to break into the Providence of God. He could be called "Master of everything", everything that exists in the Universe, for his art and his inventions. Leonardo can be called the Son of God.< Less
This Book of Quotes includes important phrases by Salvador Dali selected and translated by Maria Tsaneva in corresponding English-Spanish paragraphs. The book is excellent way to read Paragraph by... More > Paragraph Translation as each individual English paragraph is paired with the corresponding Spanish paragraph. The paragraphs are not long, so there is no need to do a lot of back and forth to see the English translation and the Spanish text.
Salvador Dali was a famous surrealist painter born in Figueres, in the Catalonia, Spain. Judgments of him are without doubt formed by his strange lifestyle, which were as out of the usual as his artworks. His eccentric manner and attention-grabbing public actions sometimes drew more attention than his artwork.
His final words aren't known but, in 1958, he offered what might be thought of as a suitable epitaph:
"I do not believe in my death."< Less
This Book of Quotes includes important phrases by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera selected and translated by Maria Tsaneva in corresponding English-Spanish paragraphs. The book is excellent way to read... More > Paragraph by Paragraph Translation as each individual English paragraph is paired with the corresponding Spanish paragraph. The paragraphs are not long, so there is no need to do a lot of back and forth to see the English translation and the Spanish text.
Frida and Diego was a legendary couple, they both were revolutionaries and artists. Although Frida lived in the shadow of Diego, and shared his ideals, she created a painting entirely personal, metaphorical and naive derived from her exalted sensibility.< Less
Leonardo, like his contemporary Christopher Columbus, possessed an insatiable curiosity and desire for discovery of unknown worlds. Only observation, says many times Leonardo, is the key to knowledge... More > and understanding. Throughout his life Leonardo seeks to understand and control the nature. He constructed machines and original installations built bridges, dissected human bodies and trying to break into the Providence of God; for me he is a semi-god, or at least the Son of God.
This book reflects my passion for the creative genius of Leonardo and I have tried to gather and sort chronologically all his works known to me.Where it was possible and affordable, I briefly told the story of some of the masterpieces of Leonardo. Of course, to retell something an ingenious is too rather trivial, but the reader is free to simply enjoy the oil paintings and drawings. I wish you a happy minutes and hours with my collection.< Less
Thomas Gainsborough was the most versatile English painter of the 18th century, inventive and original, always prepared to experiment with new ideas and techniques. He alone among the great portrait... More > painters of the era devoted serious attention to landscapes. Unlike Reynolds, he was no great believer in an academic tradition and laughed at the fashion for history painting; an instinctive painter, he delighted in the poetry of paint. In his letters Gainsborough shows a warm-hearted and generous character and an independent mind. His comments on his own work and methods, as well as on some of the old masters, are very revealing and throw considerable light on contemporary views of art. Gainsborough was noted for the speed with which he applied paint, and he worked more from observations of nature than from application of formal academic rules. The poetic sensibility of his paintings caused Constable to say, "On looking at them, we find tears in our eyes and know not what brings them."< Less
Sir John Everett Millais was an English painter and illustrator and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His prodigious artistic talent won him a place at the Royal Academy schools... More > at the unprecedented age of eleven. While there, he met William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti with whom he formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in September 1848 in his family home. His early works were painted with great attention to detail, often concentrating on the beauty and complexity of the natural world based on the integration of naturalistic elements. This style was promoted by the critic John Ruskin, who had defended the Pre-Raphaelites against their critics. Later works, from the 1870s onwards demonstrate Millais's reverence for old masters such as Joshua Reynolds and Velázquez. Many of these paintings were of an historical theme and were further examples of Millais's talent.< Less
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo was a Spanish Baroque painter. All the works of Murillo are over 450. Their content is mainly religious. Significant groups among them are pictures of the type to the... More > glorification of the Virgin known as «L'Immaculata Concepcion», «L'as uncion» and «La Purisima». Although he is best known for his religious works, Murillo also produced a considerable number of paintings of contemporary women and children. These lively, realist portraits of flower girls, street urchins, and beggars constitute an extensive and appealing record of the everyday life of his times. Murillo was also engaged in landscape and landscape painting. He had many pupils and followers. The prolific imitation of his paintings ensured his reputation in Spain and fame throughout Europe, and prior to the 19th century his work was more widely known than that of any other Spanish artist.< Less
Andrea Mantegna was a master of perspective and Andrea Mantegna was a master of perspective and foreshortening; he made important contributions to the compositional techniques of Renaissance... More > painting. Like other artists of the time, Mantegna experimented with perspective by lowering the horizon in order to create a sense of greater monumentality. His stony, metallic landscapes and somewhat rocky figures give evidence of a fundamentally sculptural approach to painting. His human forms were distinguished for their solidity, expressiveness, and anatomical correctness. Mantegna developed a passionate interest in classical antiquity. The influence of both ancient Roman sculpture and the contemporary sculptor Donatello are clearly evident in Mantegna's rendering of the human figure. One of the key artistic figures of the second half of the 15th century, Mantegna was the dominant influence on north Italian painting for 50 years.< Less
Léon Bakst was a Russian painter and scene- and costume designer. After graduating from gymnasium, he studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts as a non-credit student, because he had... More > failed the entry, working part-time as a book illustrator, though, he would eventually be admitted into this institution in 1883. From 1893 to 1897 he lived in Paris, where he studied at the Académie Julian while still visiting Saint Petersburg often. After the mid-1890s he became a member of the circle of writers and artists formed by Sergei Diaghilev and Alexandre Benois. As a member of the Sergei Diaghilev circle and the Ballets Russes, he designed exotic, richly coloured sets and costumes and revolutionized both theatrical design and contemporary fashion with his sensual and exotic visions. In 1922, Bakst broke off his relationship with Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. He died on the 27th of December 1924, in Paris.< Less
The Venetian artist Giovanni Battista (Giambattista) Tiepolo was perhaps the greatest painter and draftsman of 18th-century in Europe. He was the classical example of the Italian Rococo.
Tiepolo was... More > equally prized as a painter and as a draftsman: his power of invention was unlimited and his skill without equivalent. His huge output of frescoes and altarpieces was somewhat due to his practice, like Rubens, of painting small 'modelli' (sketches) which, when approved by the client, could be carried out by his trained pupils under his own control. Many of these modelli and sketches survive, together with hundreds of his drawings. He also etched many plates, and, with Marco Ricci, was one of the founders of the great school of 18-century Venetian etchers.< Less