Editorial — Old Masters

Toe-to-Toe: The Old Master Evening Sales

Posted by Hannah Marks on

When it comes to assessing the outcome of significant auctions of Post-War and Contemporary, or Modern and Impressionist art, a recurring criteria seems be how one house squared up against its opponent: did the results surpass or fall to its rival? With the Old Masters, though, there's a certain tendency to negate this competitiveness; rather, discussions are focused on what the combined results tell us about the state of the market. This in turn leads to a certain dullness surrounding the Old Masters: if the sector wants to drum up the attention it so desperately desires, why not add a little drama? We can do this ourselves by conducting a toe-to-toe analysis to see which auction house came on top in the battle of the Summer Old Master Evening Sales. Ding Ding!

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Across the Buildings of Italy, Contemporary Street Artist Redefines Classical Art

Posted by Hannah Marks on

Two types of art that lie on exact opposite ends of the stylistic spectrum converge in the works of Andrea Ravo Mattoni. Ravo is an Italian artist who possesses the creative mind required of one to excel- and even harder, stand out- in the increasingly saturated street art world. Yet Ravo also possesses incomprehensible technical skill, the type which would have landed artists of centuries past unanimous praise. One or the other would surely grant Ravo success; instead, he combines contemporary edge with Old Master draughtsmanship to create monumental outdoor replicas of one of history’s most celebrated artists: Caravaggio. To...

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The Old Masters Market: In Need of a Revival, or Simply a New Perspective?

Posted by Hannah Marks on

In our conception of the chronology of art, we have collectively come to acknowledge important benchmarks that altered the course of its history. Take the introduction of the contrapposto pose, for instance, which gave new life to the previously rigid statuary of Ancient Greece; or the shift from the traditionally preferred egg tempera in 15th century Europe to the newly popular medium of oil paint. The list goes on, but there is almost always one that stands out: the refinement of a complete linear perspective. Commonly attributed to the 15th century Florentine master Masaccio, the mastery of linear perspective allowed...

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