The Last Leonardo’s

I’m beyond excited about Christie’s forthcoming sale of the ‘Salvator Mundi’ by Leonardo (the last one). Some may not like the fact that Christie’s is marketing this picture as a  contemporary piece, but in my personal opinion Da Vinci’s work transcends time and movement and trying to make Old Masters relevant to new audiences is worth a shot.

An Institute for Caravaggio


The Borghese Gallery has announced its own formation of the Caravaggio Research Institute; with the help of some supporters the institute will home some of Caravaggio’s works and serve as an authentication and art-historical research study center. At a press conference, Galleria Borghese director Anna Coliva said the institute was formed “since the great specialists of Caravaggio are no longer here, anyone can decide to attribute a piece to the artist.”

The Borghese’s will also be hosting some international exhibition of the artist, the first one being at the Getty Museum opening on November 21, 2017, which I really, really and really would like to attend, so if you are in California or near by and able to go please send me an email letting me know how it went, I would appreciate it!  And if you like me are in the east coast don’t be jealous, we got Michelangelo at the Met. More info read: Italy Is Launching an Expansive New Caravaggio Research Institute Thanks to a Surprise Supporter




Art Classes for Med Students


I am a firm believer that art can change someone’s life, and help to develop a more beautiful, creative and smarter point of view, which can also improve your performance in your career.  Like the Renaissance’s artists taught us, combining science, philosophy, mathematics,  visual art, literature… etc will assist us to achieve excellence.   Which is why I’m so happy to find out that some universities are including art classes to their med curriculum: Why Med Schools Are Requiring Art Classes



I am sorry

Hi everyone,

I would like to apologize for the lack of posts lately, I’ve been super busy with my new project. It is demanding my full attention for right now, but I’m very excited about it,  and soon I’ll be able to share it with you guys!!!!    Have a lovely end of summer, and thanks for the emails.  Much Love – Juliana

The ISMS in Art I – RENAISSANCE: Illusionism



Illusionism is the technique used by artists to create perspective illusion, when the viewer is tricked into mistaking painted objects for real ones.  In the Renaissance era it was very admired, since it cares the ambition of bringing images into existence.

There are two technical terms used in illusionism, the first one is “Trompe I’oeil” French for “deceiving the eye” normally used for smaller objects, and the second one is “Quadratura” referring to larger scale of painting, like this one I used to illustrate the term.  In this painting Andrea Mantegna brings the illusion of an open ceiling, where we have the lovely conception of direct connection to heaven and its angel, always being guarded, always being blessed by their presence.

Some of the Artists:

  • Donato Bramante
  • Correggio
  • Jan Van Eyck
  • Andrea Mantegna


New Paintings by Raphael

Conservators cleaning frescoes in the Room of Constantine at the Vatican have discovered that two of the figures were painted by Raphael himself, not his students as was previously believed. The breakthrough came when it was found that two of the figures in the fresco were painted in oil, not the usual paint in wet plaster technique. More here: The Vatican Discovers New Paintings by Raphael Hidden in Plain Sight—Right on Its Walls

Friedlander 3.0


The digital world has improved art in so many ways, especially becoming more accessible for everyone, which I believe is essential to educate and inspire the upcoming generations. The Belgian Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage has made available all 14 volumes of Max J. Friedlander’s English edition of Early Netherlandish Painting (1967-1976). Search for old photos and references to your heart’s content here


The ISMS in Art I – RENAISSANCE: Perspectivism


Perspectivism covers a variety of techniques for representing space by creating the illusion of three dimensions on two dimensional surface such as a canvas or paper. Perspective developed as a coherent body of rules and theories during the early Renaissance of the mid 15th century, but Leonardo Da Vinci were already exploring its limitations much earlier than that.

The linear perspective term was created to describe this technique, its adopts a vanishing point on the horizon (sometimes we can find multiple vanishing points in a single painting), all imaginary or actual lines in the painting which recede towards the horizon.  Also the scale of everything in the painting can be strictly worked out in relation to the vanishing point.

Da Vinci was the first one to achieve convincing “aerial perspective” – term he invented to describe such accomplishment.  In our eyes perception the objects which are further away look paler and bluer through the effect of the atmosphere.  Aerial perspective applies this principle in art to create the impression of space through careful control of colour and tone.  I always say that in order to be great artist you have to be able to perceive what you are looking at, and forget what you think it is supposed to look like. 

Some of the Artists:

  • Leon Battista Alberti
  • Giotto Di Bondone
  • Filipo Brunelleschi
  • Vincenzo Di Biago Catena
  • Lorenzo Di Credi
  • Piero Della Francesca
  • Francesco Granacci
  • Andrea Mantegna
  • Masaccio
  • Perugino
  • Paolo Ucello
  • Leonardo Da Vinci


The ISMS in Art I – RENAISSANCE: Idealism


Idealism states that the physical world is less important than the spiritual, implicating that such gives life to the other and without the soul the material cannot live.

Plato’s theory of the Forms was the most important Classical influence on Renaissance Idealism.  The Ideas (forms) supposedly holds the unchangeable laws of the universe, while the material world is subject of transformations, being considered weak and shallow.

The leading artists of the High Renaissance – Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo – are all associated with slightly different forms of idealism. Michelangelo’s was most identified with the Platonic Forms because of his reliance on his imagination.  Michelangelo’s art also idealised the body by giving it monumental proportions, his figures are usually astonishingly muscular.  Raphael’s figures are equally idealised but they are characterised by sweetness of expressions, serenity, elegance and beautiful colors.  Leonardo’s idealism was characterised by an emphasis on finding the Divine in the perfectly human figure.  The renaissance idealism artists chose to paint in this style not to hide the human imperfection but to show their ability to create with absolute beauty what it could be.

Some of the Artists:

  •  Donatello
  • Albrecht Durer
  • Lorenzo Ghiberti
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Andrea Mantegna
  • Masaccio
  • Michelangelo
  • Raphael Sanzio