It’s always been my contention that all truly great artists: learn from the past, study it, absorb it, and then move on. A new favorite is Silvio Consadori (1909–1994). This Italian painter encapsulates the best of Renaissance, Mannerist, and Baroque traditions and reformed them into something entirely new and different; they have an incredible sense of emotion, solidity, and transcendence. They look contemporary, but have the quality of timelessness.
So do you paint?
I started out as an artist in college and then moved to the study of Art History.