Inspired by Taddeo Gaddi's Madonna Del Parto, Florence, San Francesco di Paola.
Taddeo Gaddi (1300-1366) created the image of a pregnant Mary using both the buon fresco and fresco secco styles. Only a few representations of the pregnant Mary are known, most of them Italian of the 14th and 15th centuries, and historians therefore identify the image by its Italian title, Madonna del Parto.
American artist Steve Bogdanoff is a master in replicating the fresco form. Originally influenced by ancient Greek art, Steve’s career has flourished over the past 23 years, earning him international recognition in his field.
“My initial introduction to fresco art came during my studies of the Minoan civilization, circa 1500BC. The artists on the island of Thera were innovators in utilizing color from the earth, and their free style of drawing and interpretation of subject matter was brilliant. I believe that art as we know it today was borne from these ancient artists, and I honor them through my work.”
Bogdanoff began detailed drawings of people and scenes at age 6, and painting oil on canvas by age 10, which he continued...
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