The first civilized people of America that the Spaniards encountered during the conquest of the lands of the western hemisphere were Maya. In 1517, on the rocky coast of Cape Katoch (Yucatan Peninsula), the first test of strength of two warring worlds occurred, separated from each other not only by the boundless expanses of the ocean, but also by whole epochs of historical development. Conquistadors armored in steel armor armed with European military equipment and tactics of those years agreed in a decisive battle with numerous armies of Maya Indians armed with spears and arrows with stone tips. The outcome of this unequal struggle was predetermined by history itself. But the Maya for many years fiercely defended their independence from the encroachments of foreign conquerors. Even in 1540, i.e. 20 years after the death of the powerful Aztec state, much of the Yucatan was still in the hands of the Indians. Continue reading
The stolen paintings by master of abstract expressionism Hans Hoffman (1880-1966) were found by Art Recovery International 12 years after they were stolen from an art store in Manhattan.
Five paintings, valued at just over $ 500,000, were last seen at the Cirkers Hayes warehouse in 2003. The works belonged to a foundation known as the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust. (Cirkers Hayes joined Crozier Fine Arts in early 2017). Continue reading
Modern – (French moderne from the Latin. Modemus – new, modern) – the period of development of European art at the turn of the XIX-XX centuries, the main content of which was the desire of artists to oppose their creativity to the historicism and eclecticism of the art of the second half of the XIX century – hence the name. Therefore, the term “modern” should be distinguished from the general meaning of the word “modern” or “modern art”, as well as the term “modernism”, meaning all the most avant-garde, experimental and formalistic trends in the art of the 20th century. Continue reading