Portrait bookplate – one of the oldest types of book characters – appeared after the stamp. The first engraved bookplate is considered the emblem of the knight Bernhardt von Rohrbach, made in 1460 by the German engraver Bartel Schön. The portrait ex-libris was not long in coming; the earliest surviving portrait ex-libris was made in 1498 for the Basel Bishop of Limberger. It is not necessary to doubt the time of appearance of this bookplate, it shows the date of its creation, no date was indicated on any of its predecessors.
The origin of portraiture dates back to ancient times. The oldest known attempt to portray a human face has 27 millennia, it was discovered in the cave of Villoner near the French city of Angouleme in the department of Charente. The word “portrait” originates from the outdated French word portraire – to write off someone’s image. The first who proposed to use the term “portrait” exclusively for “depicting a (concrete) human being” was the French art historian and official court historian of King Louis XIV Andre Felibien. Continue reading
Authentication methods when buying paintings, graphics and other works of modern art.
When you are going to buy an expensive enough painting to invest money, as a gift, or just to decorate the interior, the question inevitably arises: how to verify the authenticity of the painting.
The question is not very simple, since there is no single universal way of proving the authenticity of a picture. In each case, you have to be creative in your examination. When buying a painting, it is better to adhere to a few residually simple rules.
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If you are reading this article and are considering whether to choose a painting for a gift, then you have already made the right choice. If you approach the purchase with the soul, you will not only make a very valuable gift that will be associated with you, but also emphasize the sophistication of your taste, reverent and attentive attitude to the person presented.
A picture is at the same time a design element, an investment, and a friend, interlocutor, and opponent.
Painting is a beautiful design element
A picture like no other element can decorate the interior, becoming a kind of dominant living room or hall. You give not only a beautiful, but also a valuable thing, in which the artist has put his soul, his vision of the world, which he creatively rethought. The picture shows the sophistication of the taste of its owner, gives a special Continue reading