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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The Big Draw Festival encourages people of all ages to roll up their sleeves and practise their artistic skills. The 2018 festival takes place across the country throughout October, with events ranging from drawing workshops to art exhibitions, all aimed at promoting drawing as a tool for “learning, expression and invention”. Feeling inspired? The good news is that you don’t need any fancy equipment. Artist and illustrator Sophie Harding says there’s no need to buy expensive materials at all. “A sketch can be a point of reference for further work or simply a way of practising drawing and observational skills,” she says. “It’s important that the sketching materials you use are ones that you’re happy and confident with. Until recently I sketched in black biro as I loved the very simple line it produced. I’ve now moved on to a black brush pen which has given my sketches a different feel. … [Read more...] about Are you ready for The Big Draw?
A portrait of Lord Lucan, which hung for decades in Lady Lucan's drawing room after he vanished, has emerged for sale at an auction alongside many of her private items. The painting was treasured by his estranged wife despite the fact he attacked her as he fled from his London home, where he killed the nanny to his three children. Lord Lucan disappeared after the body of Sandra Rivett, nanny to his three children, was found at the family home, in central London, on November 7 1974. The painting of John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan by society artist Dominick Elwes, is set to go on sale alongside a silver trophy he won in a backgammon game in 1969. Another item is a George III silver tray engraved with the Bingham family coat of arms. Auction house Bonhams is handling the sales from the estate of Lady Lucan, who died in September 2017. All proceeds from the sale will be donate to the charity Shelter. Following the discovery of Ms Rivett's body, Lord Lucan's car was … [Read more...] about Lord Lucan portrait which Lady Lucan kept hanging in her drawing room until her death emerges for sale
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?