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Leonardo da Vinci’s Head of a Bear

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 12 luglio 2021

LONDON – Leonardo da Vinci’s Head of a Bear, offered as the leading lot in the Exceptional Sale held this evening at Christie’s London, realised £8,857,500 against a presale estimate of £8,000,000-12,000,000. The result sets a new world record for a drawing by the artist. The previous record for a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci offered at auction was the Horse and Rider, also sold at Christie’s in 2001 for £8,143,750 ($11,481,865).This penetrating study of a bear’s head, one of less than eight surviving drawings by Leonardo still in private hands outside of the British Royal Collection and the Devonshire Collections at Chatsworth, and measuring 2 ¾ x 2 ¾ inches (7 x 7 cm), is executed in silverpoint on a pale pink-beige prepared paper, a technique which Leonardo was taught by his master Andrea del Verrocchio. Stijn Alsteens, International Head of Department, Old Master Drawings, Christie’s comments, ‘Christie’s is greatly honoured to have brought this small but magnificent Old Master Drawing to the market in the Exceptional Sale this evening in London. I was always confident that the great quality and rarity of the work would attract bidding from around the world and would lead to an exceptional result. This wonderful example of Leonardo’s studies from life is well documented and widely published and will undoubtedly be one of the last drawings by Leonardo to ever come to the market’

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Head of a Bear by da Vinci

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 giugno 2021

London. Christie’s London announces a digital companion piece to Leonardo da Vinci’s penetrating study Head of a Bear, via a collaboration with digital artists Hackatao, an artist duo born in Milan and who have been pioneering the crypto art space since 2018. In response to Head of a Bear by Leonardo da Vinci, to be offered in the Exceptional Sale in London this July, Hackatao have created a work inspired by this Old Master drawing, bringing the bear majestically to life. This specially commissioned digital work will be unveiled at Christie’s King Street from 3 July, as part of the Classic Week view, visible via the Aria AR app. The digital work has been donated to The Museum of Crypto Art where it will subsequently appear.Hackatao’s response to the masterpiece Head of a Bear by da Vinci is based on the concept of the continuum; a continuous sequence in which adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, but the extremes are quite distinct. A never-ending pattern, a curve or geometrical figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole, and which leads to infinite circularity and the eternity of art. Hover over the image of da Vinci’s Head of A Bear and, via the Aria App, the bear head becomes animated, fur undulating and ruffling and head turning, and ultimately the mouth of the bear opens and the viewer enters into its jaws. The transition from Leonardo’s drawing, through the mapped 3D head, to the final digital drawings resembles an ocean wave. Throughout this very technical metamorphosis from physical to digital, the attention to detail driven by nature’s movement ties the two works together. Leonardo da Vinci was at the forefront of art in his age and now, in 2021 his work has inspired this response by Hackatao, with each artist taking their inspiration and vision from everyday subject matter.Hackatao are currently living and working immersed in nature in the mountains beyond Milan, where Leonardo once was court artist. The artist duo have been integral in the revolution of crypto art and a significant influence in disrupting the way in which art is presented. They demonstrate that it is possible to remove oneself from urban life, whilst using technology to keep them fully engaged in the advancing digital world. Hackatao have been a core part of an art movement born from communities based on the web, where space and time no longer exists and where the creators can remain anonymous, being judged only for their art. Behind every art movement there are visionary pioneers, and the name ‘Hackatao’ was born out of the fusion of two words ‘Hack’ the pleasure of discovery, and ‘Tao’ meaning all living.Their work has been lauded for its vision and interpretation of issues in today’s society including the environment, cryptocurrencies and humanity, whilst Hackatao also render the ever present question in today’s world probing ‘what is art’, as Leonardo may have done as an experimental and pioneering artist in his lifetime. Hackatao has been experimenting with technology and believe that digital art is the new means to create and demonstrate artistic expression albeit via modern technology. As such Hackatao’s work Hack of a Bear is brought to life today in the metaverse (a virtual-reality space in which users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users) manifesting as a digital work inspired by the original 15th century drawing.

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The G8 climate change

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 luglio 2009

For the first time the world’s richest agreed that it would be a good thing if average global temperatures did not rise above 2 degrees. This is the level scientists say we shouldn’t go over if we are to avert dangerous climate change. They also agreed that rich countries should try to cut their own emissions by 80% by 2050 in order to meet that target. However, they crucially faltered over the 1990 baseline for these cuts which is critical for them to have any credibility.  Most disappointing was the abject failure of the G8 to provide any leadership on the financing needed if these targets are to be reached. Developing countries are currently unwilling to come to the UN negotiating table because they feel it is unfair to expect them to bear the financial burden for adapting to climate change and shifting their economies onto a greener footing.  It is critical that President Obama in his role of chair of the Major Economies Forum is able to increase the pace of progress today. Time is running out.  Today we need stronger language on the 2 degree limit, more stringent emission cuts and money on the table. Specifically, we need all MEF countries to agree to cut their emissions by 80% by 2050 based on 1990 levels and commit to reductions by 2020, otherwise we could reach a tipping point when abrupt and dangerous climate change will occur.  Currently, negotiations under the UN are deadlocked because of the weak commitments on emissions cuts but also crucially on finance. Countries argue that they want to keep their position under wraps to give them a stronger negotiating position – this is a huge gamble.  Finance is needed for developing countries to adapt to the impact of climate change and put themselves on a green economic path (to avoid locking into a high-carbon one).  These are restitutional payments not aid and as such they must be additional to Overseas Development Aid (ODA). We need recognition that finance should be additional to aid, should prioritise the most vulnerable and include a serious assessment of potential sources for that finance. Several weeks ago Gordon Brown showed much needed leadership with his statement of the UK’s position on climate finance. Yesterday the G8 as good as ignored this. We hope the MEF today will see it cannot afford to.

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