Giovanni Francesco Romanelli

As a student of Pietro da Cortona, Giovanni Francesco Romanelli was given a prestigious artistic debut by assisting the decoration of Rome’s Palazzo Barberini. Like his teacher, Romanelli was inducted into a group of artists supported by Pope Urban VIII and his nephew, Cardinal Francesco Barberini, whose patronage provided Romanelli with commissions throughout the churches and palaces of Rome and the Vatican. Characterized as espousing a classicized, restrained version of his master’s Roman Baroque style, Romanelli’s work possessed the richly decorative values of his teacher—often embellished with gilded stucco work—and yet with a subdued sense of energy. Upon the exile of the Barberini family, Romanelli accompanied his patrons to Paris, where he became a prominent artistic influence, commissioned to decorate the National Library and the summer apartments of the Queen Mother, Anne of Austria, within the Louvre.

Worthington Galleries’ November Fine Art & Collectibles Auction includes hundreds of lots of fine and decorative art in most genres, categories and type, as well as hundreds of collectibles, memorabilia,

Pre-Columbian Veracruz Cultures

The history of the native peoples of the state of Veracruz is complex. In the pre-Columbian period, the modern-day state of Veracruz was inhabited primarily by four indigenous cultures. The Huastecs and Otomis occupied the north, while the Totonacs resided in the north-center. The Olmecs, one of the oldest cultures in the Americas, became dominant in the southern part of Veracruz. Remains of these past civilizations can be found in archeological sites such as Pánuco, Castillo de Teayo, El Zapotal, Las Higueras, Quiahuiztlán, El Tajín, Cempoala, Tres Zapotes and San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán .

Estate Sale Etiquette

Successful estate sales and estate auctions depend in part on the behavior of the prospective buyers. Most people innately know many of the dos and don'ts of attending an estate sale. Generally, one should respect others in an estate sale line, and treat them as you would expect to be treated. Hold your place in line with your presence and do not cut in line. Do not rush the door when the estate sale opens. Do not block others from entering the estate sale. Everyone has just as much right to attend, whether they are making a living at it or just enjoying a day out. If someone picks an item up at the sale, do not try to grab it or contest their right to purchase it. If something is marked sold do not remove the sticker. Do not hoard items at an estate sale, especially when you do not intend to buy.

Naïve Art

Naïve art is any form of visual art that is created by a person who lacks the formal education and training that a professional artist undergoes (in anatomy, art history, technique, perspective, ways of seeing). When this aesthetic is emulated by a trained artist, the result is sometimes called primitivism, pseudo-naïve art, or faux naïve art. Unlike folk art, naïve art does not necessarily evince a distinct cultural context or tradition. Naïve art is recognized, and often imitated, for its childlike simplicity and frankness. Paintings of this kind typically have a flat rendering style with a rudimentary expression of perspective.

George Brainerd Burr

Burr was a colorist who believed in the precepts of a daring American Impressionism. Many of his watercolors and oil paintings are brilliantly polychromed with faceted areas of pure color over a bare surface creating a highly saturated and avant-garde example of this variation on the aesthetic of American Impressionism.

Huge End-of-Summer Multi-Estate Sale

Worthington's End-of-Summer Estate Sale includes items from 5 prominent estates in the middle Tennessee area, and has over 1500 items at remarkable liquidation prices. 

Does My Painting Need to be Cleaned?

Does My Painting Need to be Cleaned? Why Might My Painting Need to be Cleaned? Taking care of your paintings is delicate and complex.  As paintings age, the appearance of the image changes not only because of accumulated dirt, but also because aging itself can alter the materials that make up the image.  Methods of removing dirt and other obscuring material requires great skill because any changes to the painting surface may bring about irreversible and damaging results, permanently affecting the aesthetic and monetary value of the work.

Army & Artist: American Artists Wage War From their Easels During WWI

Army & Artist: American Artists Wage War From their Easels During WWI.  While soldiers fought in Europe during World War I, American artists and illustrators waged war from a different front—their easels. War Art, World War I, War Posters, War Related Illustrations.