What is art? Contemplating this question requires a “starting point” to the vast labyrinth of what constitutes art. Is it an image? Must it be visual? What may it convey? These are just a couple of the many questions that are required to acknowledge before simply scratching the surface. That is one of the greatest aspects of art: dialogue. It creates conversations and narratives that might not have been prompted, at all. Perhaps there is a thread that connects all of art history together...
- My Modern Met - Margherita Cole
Since the emergence of the Italian Renaissance, the history of western art began a fascinating course through different stylistic genres. While 15th-century painting focused on portraying the ideal, the...
The history of museums is a long one. The existence of Homo Sapiens is linked with art and art is a way of linking people with other people. In addition, the desire to create and share what is created is closely affiliated with the desire to collect. The creator, the collector, the viewer, and the artwork are all parts of one equation, and the museum is the blackboard on which it is written.
The photographer and gallerist Alfred Stieglitz believed that portraiture painting would become obsolete throughout the beginning of the 20th century. He asserted that by the time “photographers will have learned something about portraiture in its deeper sense…”, the mastery of painting portraits would no longer be pursued by artists. However, history proved him wrong. In the 1980s and ’90s, painters began to re-discover figuration, pushing the age-old portrait genre in new directions.