El Greco’s Influence on Abstract Art

In the 1500s, Doménikos Theotokópoulos, an artist of Greekorigins who had been born in Crete, set out on his own artistic path, leading away from the Renaissance and taking the first steps that others would follow to abstract art. El Greco, … Continue reading

Still Life Paintings as Abstract

Still life paintings became a genre of painting during the Renaissance. The practice began quite simply as practice for the artists. Most portraits of the period included objects around the person being painted; household items, books, or bowls of fruit. … Continue reading

High Contrast

During the Renaissance, many artists began exploring the effects that they could achieve by using high contrast in their works. It began as a way of giving a greater sense of volume to objects. By increasing the sense of shadows … Continue reading