GOOD ART, BAD CLIENTS
12 days ago - By Illustration Art
Not every good idea finds a client, despite the fact that plenty of bad ones do.
His royal highness, King Philip II of Spain (1527-1598) was a wealthy patron of the arts. He prided himself on commissioning work from the finest painters. He learned of a promising artist in Rome, Federico Zuccaro, and summoned him to Spain for an audition: to paint an altar painting of The Adoration of the Shepherds.
As Zuccaro unveiled his finished masterpiece in front of the King, he promised, "Your majesty, this is the highest that art can get." But Phillip noticed a shepherd holding a basket of eggs, and...
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