Significant Works of Historical Art and Craftsmanship

Feb 2019
774
Pennsylvania, US
#1
This thread is devoted to sharing your favorite works of art: whether it is a piece of fine art or a functional object that utilizes beautiful craftsmanship... (paintings, sculptures, frescoes or decorative art, jewelry, weaponry, ceramics, "folk art" etc.)

If you know the historical background on the piece, please share it... (I.e. Was there is some significant historical event that influenced the artist's oeuvre or necessitated the creation of a specific functional item? Did this piece in some way influence history by inspiring new techniques or galvanize social / political events? What meaning was the object intended to portray?)

If you have a specific affinity for a piece, please share why it appeals to you!
 

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
21,022
SoCal
#9
This thread is devoted to sharing your favorite works of art: whether it is a piece of fine art or a functional object that utilizes beautiful craftsmanship... (paintings, sculptures, frescoes or decorative art, jewelry, weaponry, ceramics, "folk art" etc.)

If you know the historical background on the piece, please share it... (I.e. Was there is some significant historical event that influenced the artist's oeuvre or necessitated the creation of a specific functional item? Did this piece in some way influence history by inspiring new techniques or galvanize social / political events? What meaning was the object intended to portray?)

If you have a specific affinity for a piece, please share why it appeals to you!
Lorenzo Ghiberti's work on the doors of the Florence Baptistery was extremely fine, IMHO:

Lorenzo Ghiberti - Wikipedia

Florence Baptistery - Wikipedia

It apparently took him 21 years to complete the north doors and apparently an additional 27 years to complete the east doors (he apparently worked from 1401 to 1422 on the north doors and from 1425 to 1452 on the east doors). The north doors (first photo below) depict scenes from the New Testament whereas the east doors depict scenes from the Old Testament: