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Turnings from Antiquity
To faithfully reproduce turned Art
items from the ancient past that may become a part of a collector set of
To honor long gone fine craftsmen and
Artisans whose work lives on in the small items found in the Paintings
of the Great Masters.
To reproduce these Art items for those
today who appreciate fine workmanship.
To promote education and appreciation
of the great painting masters & turning artisans of the ancient past by
providing internet links to the Artists life and their works.
You may have noticed that all to often
the real artisans of something we admire are not the ones honored. Who
remembers the painters of the Pharos’s tomb? Who remembers the men who
built and crafted the elegant furnishings of the Titanic? Who were the
workmen who built the Golden Gate Bridge? Did we ever hear the names of
the Engineers and Technicians who built the Mars Rovers?
We often see in the painting of the
past Great Masters a turned item that is used as a prop. Who made it?
I have since boyhood noticed and
admired the small turned items in the great paintings of the past. When
I had reproduced a few items, it occurred to me that others who admire
fine painting and turned artwork might like to have an item that they
could hold in their own hands, from a painting they admire.
Turnings from antiquity
Many people study a painting and
admire the skill of the artist. Some search for the artist’s intent, a
message or meaning. Still others examine a style and look for the artist
personalization on that style.
I use an ancient painting as a Time
Machine, studying small details to transport my thoughts
to the place &
time of the artist that painted it. Glaring errors in time quickly
stand out. For example, fine glassware on the table of the “Last
Supper” by some artists. Usually, though the items and setting around
the primary subject of a painting will tell volumes about the daily life
of the people at that time in history. Furniture style and how it is
constructed. Buildings interiors and exteriors give a hint of how
professional architects and designers conceived of their work.