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41 years old
• art connoisseur
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On October 17, 1493, Florentine Baccio Bandinelli was born - a sculptor and painter, blessed by Leonardo da Vinci himself, who worked for the Medici and European monarchs, who competed with Michelangelo and Cellini, but who could not surpass them. On a self-portrait (the only painting work that has come down to us), Baccio painted himself with a sketch
A study is an exercise painting that helps the painter better understand the object he or she paints. It is simple and clear, like sample letters in a school student’s copybook. Rough and ready, not detailed, with every stroke being to the point, a study is a proven method of touching the world and making a catalogue of it. However, in art history, the status of the study is vague and open to interpretation. Despite its auxiliary role, a study is sometimes viewed as something far more significant than the finished piece. Then, within an impressive frame, it is placed on a museum wall.
So, when does a study remain a mere drill, and when can we call it an artwork in its own right, full of life and having artistic value? Read more
of his iconic sculpture “Hercules Killing Kakusa”. It was erected in Florence on the Piazza della Signoria opposite Michelangelo David, and, according to the author, simply had to overshadow David - which, of course, did not happen.

But what Baccio Bandinelli exactly surpassed Michelangelo in - so it is in the hostility and complexity of character (although it is not easy to believe, knowing the character of Michelangelo). Giorgio Vasari is convinced that it is Baccio’s sinister character that is to blame for the fact that the talented sculptor did not receive due recognition:

“Returning to Baccio, we say that his abilities have always been recognized during his lifetime, but that recognizing them and regretting them will be much more after his death. And in life he would have been recognized to an even greater degree and would have been more loved if by the grace of nature he was more pleasant and kind. But he, on the contrary, was very rude to the language, which deprived him of someone else’s disposition and eclipsed his talents and was the reason that people maliciously and askew also looked at his works, which therefore never liked. And although he served various masters and, thanks to his talents, knew how to serve them, he rendered services so awkwardly that he did not receive real thanks for them. And the fact that he spoke ill of everyone and condemned the work of others constantly caused everyone to hate him, and if someone gave him the change, he answered twice, and in office areas he said rudeness without respect for his fellow citizens. same thing from them. He constantly quarreled and squabbled for any reason; he spent all his life in quarrels, and it seemed that it was satisfying to him. But since his drawing, which occupied him, as it can be seen, more than anything else, is so good that it surpasses all its natural flaws and gives the right to recognize him as a rare person in this art, we not only call him among the largest, but always respected his works and tried not to spoil them, but to finish and glorify them, for they truly believe that Baccio belongs to those who deserve respectful approval and eternal glory. ”
This text was originally published in Russian and automatically translated to English.
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