Understand The History Of Art To Better Appreciate Paintings


Understand The History Of Art To Better Appreciate Paintings

Paintings have fascinated people for centuries. Those people who came before us were not only artists, but also traders, farmers, and others who needed to depict the things they saw, people and places they had contact with, and animals, places, and events that were part of everyday life. In the art of old, we still see the struggle between the artist and the natural world. These battles took place during long periods and eventually prevailed.

Most Famous Paintings

Some of the most famous paintings today are the ones from Leonardo da Vinci. The Italian genius is best known for his depictions of animals and humans. His most famous painting is the Mona Lisa, which still captivates many people today. When you take a closer look at this beautiful painting, you will notice that the subject of the painting is a woman wearing a veil that has a yellow background. It represents the veil that Christ wore when he was stoned and later crucified.

Understand The History Of Art To Better Appreciate Paintings
Understand The History Of Art To Better Appreciate Paintings

In his work as a painter, Leonardo also painted the Mona Lisa, and in some of his paintings, he is depicted with his sister, a woman that he would name after his mother. Another masterpiece by Leonardo is called “The Last Supper.” It is a painting that is based on a Renaissance painting of the Savior having dinner with his apostles in the Garden of Gethsemane. This painting and Leonardo’s life did not have a happy ending. The Church hanged him for being a heretic.

Struggles Of Artists

The struggles of artists, while using paint, with nature, and with each other, have been shown in famous paintings. Artists often used a variety of colors, which did not make them any more aesthetically pleasing. As Leonardo himself once said, “I use my imagination to see things as they are.”

Artists influence arts, but different ones. We know that Leonardo drew, but he also studied architecture and other aspects of art. It is said that he began to paint landscapes because of nature, the flowers and trees that covered the forest floor, and how much he loved nature. These paintings showed the impact of nature on his mind.

Claude Monet, perhaps the most famous of all painters, was not a great painter in his own right, but he studied under Mona Lisa and the Da Vinci. Monet’s main influence, though, was another famous French painter, Gustave Eiffel.

The Story Of Du Pic

As a young man, Du Pic, also called Fonzi, was taken prisoner in Spain by the French army and spent two years there studying under his master, the painter, and philosopher, Fonzi. They were well-known for their friendship, and it was Fonzi who introduced Du Pic to painting.

Understand The History Of Art To Better Appreciate Paintings
Understand The History Of Art To Better Appreciate Paintings

Later in life, Du Pic wanted to see what the world looked like in color, and tried to study the world’s cities, which were painted in primary colors. It was during this time that he met the artist, Benjamin Henry, and he, too, studied under Fonzi.

Du Pic was at first refused entry into the city of Florence by Fonzi because Du Pic thought Fonzi was also a painter, but Fonzi explained that Du Pic had chosen to study with Fonzi to become a good painter. During this time, Fonzi gave Du Pic the name Fort Number.

When the French captured Fonzi, he escaped with the help of Du Pic, and they went to Venice. Fonzi continued to teach Du Pic and provided them with a well-stocked studio in a place where they could practice their painting. Eventually, Fonzi wanted to return to Paris, but Du Pic convinced him to stay in Venice.

Bottom Line

When we look at some of the works of the famous painters, it can be easy to get inspired to create our own, and for us to decide which of these paintings is our favorite painting. Even when we look at just one painting, however, it can become a challenge to narrow down the options to one painting. Just one painting!

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