Developed art market appears in the XVII century. in the Netherlands, which was the first in Europe to become a bourgeois Republic. This is where the relationship between the artist and the customer develops. The state and the Church are no longer the main customers, and there are private buyers, which means that the market for art and Antiques. Before that, the Church was the main customer of art objects for artists – in Italy, Germany, and England. As such, secular art did not exist in Europe before the Renaissance.
In the XVIII century antique trade appears in virtually all countries, including Russia. Continue reading
Baroque (from Italian – strange, whimsical), a style in the painting and architecture of Europe and Latin America of the late XVI — mid XVIII century. In fine art, the Baroque was embodied in dynamic multi-color subjects, the play of light and shadow, and the rhythmic and picturesque unity of images on the canvas. The Baroque period has left us many names of brilliant artists: Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt van Rhein, Michelangelo Merisi (Caravaggio), Andrea del Pozzo, and Carracci.
The most striking features of Baroque painting are elegant luxury, pathetic admiration and entertainment, bright color and dynamics of everyday scenes, and freedom of composition. Continue reading