Secret lives of great artists : what your teachers never by Elizabeth Lunday

By Elizabeth Lunday

With outrageous anecdotes approximately every body from Leonardo (alleged sodomist) to Caraviaggio (convicted assassin) to Edward Hopper (alleged spouse beater), mystery Lives of significant Artists recounts the seamy, steamy, and gritty historical past at the back of the good masters of foreign paintings. you will study that Michelangelo's physique smell used to be so undesirable, his assistants could not stand operating for him; that Vincent van Gogh occasionally ate paint Read more...

summary: With outrageous anecdotes approximately every body from Leonardo (alleged sodomist) to Caraviaggio (convicted assassin) to Edward Hopper (alleged spouse beater), mystery Lives of significant Artists recounts the seamy, steamy, and gritty background at the back of the nice masters of overseas paintings. you are going to examine that Michelangelo's physique scent was once so undesirable, his assistants could not stand operating for him; that Vincent van Gogh occasionally ate paint at once from the tube; and Georgia O'Keeffe enjoyed to color within the nude. this can be one paintings heritage lesson you will always remember!

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Savonarola and his closest associates were arrested, tortured, and executed. Vasari falsely reported that Savonarola’s fall from grace so disturbed Botticelli that he never painted again, but in fact he completed several more works, both religious and mythological. By the time Botticelli died of unknown causes in 1510, art had passed him by—his pale Madonnas seemed passé compared to Michelangelo’s contorted nudes. Botticelli remained forgotten for some three centuries. Only in the mid-1800s was his work rediscovered and once again appreciated by the masses.

In Renaissance Italy, unless you were an aristocrat, like the Medici, surnames were slippery, undefined things. ” As for all the other stuff about secret societies and hidden messages—you know it’s fiction, right? Build a brand. Establish a reputation. Create a trademark and promote the heck out of it. Give the market what it wants and never miss an opportunity to sell, sell, sell. That’s how you get ahead in business, and it’s also how Albrecht Dürer got ahead in art. Dürer networked and negotiated himself to the top of the Renaissance heap, achieving fame in Northern Europe rivaling that of Michelangelo in Italy.

You crafty ones, strangers to work, and pilferers of other men’s brains. Think not rashly to lay your thievish hands upon my works. Beware! Know you not that I have a grant from the most glorious Emperor Maximilian, that not one throughout the imperial dominion shall be allowed to print or sell fictitious imitations of these engravings? Listen! And bear in mind that if you do so, through spite or through covetousness, not only will your goods be confiscated, but your bodies also placed in mortal danger.

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