Was Leonardo Da Vinci’s genius helped by a vision disorder? That’s certainly what new research suggests. Analysis of the Renaissance painter’s face from paintings, drawings and sculptures have revealed he may have suffered from a squint – known medically as a strabismus. Da Vinci is believed to have suffered from a version called intermittent exotropia, which causes one of both eyes to turn outward. Only one in 200 people are believed to have the condition, and now it seems that Da Vinci, along with many other famous painters, was among them. Researchers have suggested that the disorder may have helped him because it would have given him the ability to switch to monocular vision, in which both eyes are used separately, and allowed him to focus on close-up flat surfaces. “It is hard to tell which eye was affected from the paintings,” visual neuroscientist Professor Christopher Tyler said. “But it would have been particularly useful for getting … [Read more...] about From Da Vinci to Degas: How famous artists were affected by their eyesight
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Northern Ireland By Robbie Meredith BBC News NI Education Correspondent 9 November 2016 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-37914593 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel A new portrait of the Queen by the Northern Irish artist Colin … [Read more...] about Queen unveils her portrait by NI artist
People in Thame may hold the key to solving a mystery surrounding a portrait of a famous author. An art dealer is appealing for help in tracing the early history of a picture dating from the 1840s of George Eliot, who wrote the classics Middlemarch and Mill On The Floss.Andrew Sim says experts believe the pastel sketch of Eliot - real name Mary Ann Evans - is authentic and created years before she became famous for her writing. Mr Sim bought the picture for £50 at an auction in South Oxfordshire last year and, after researching its importance, traced it back to a street market in Thame where it had been bought 18 months earlier. But he would like to know the early history of the work, such as where Mary Ann sat for the portrait, and possibly who created it.He said: “The stallholder can’t remember where he bought it from. The chances are that it came from a local source and had been sitting on someone’s wall for years.”The chalk pastel of Mary Ann is similar … [Read more...] about Can you help solve the mystery of George Eliot portrait sold in Thame?
Laura Gascoigne 12 May 2018 9:00 AM 12 May 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Artists at WorkCourtauld Gallery, until 15 July A conservator at Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum was recently astonished to find a tiny grasshopper stuck in the paint of Van Gogh’s ‘Olive Trees’ (1889). The discovery would not have surprised Van Gogh, who complained to his brother Theo in 1885: ‘I must have picked up a good hundred flies or more off the four canvases that you’ll be getting.’ On the evidence of a new exhibition of drawings on the theme of Artists at Work at the Courtauld Gallery, insects are the least of the plein-air painter’s problems: the 19th-century protagonist of Eduard Gehbe’s ‘The startled painter’ has been sent flying by a passing roebuck. Animals aside, there’s the physical discomfort to contend with. Jan de Bisschop’s ‘Two Artists drawing a … [Read more...] about Animals, tourists and raptors: the hazards of being a plein-air artist
By Laman Ismayilova An exhibition "Portraits. The world of Tahir Salahov's carpets " dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the national leader Heydar Aliyev has opened in Azerbaijan Carpet Museum. The event was attended by the Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan Abulfas Garayev, public, art and cultural figures, representatives of creative intelligentsia, etc. The carpets woven on the basis of paintings by People's Artist Tahir Salahov were presented at the exhibition, Trend Life reported. The technical project was headed by People's Artist of Azerbaijan Tariyer Bashirov. Addressing the event, director of the museum, the chairman of the ICOM National Committee, doctor of philosophy in art criticism Shirin Melikova stressed that the restoration of Azerbaijan's independence, the revival of its statehood, the continuity of the first Democratic Republic in the East, the development of all spheres, including culture, is connected with the name of the national leader Heydar Aliyev. … [Read more...] about Portraits. The world of Tahir Salahov’s carpets expo opens in Baku [PHOTO]