Painting Bookshelves. Artist Sergey Konstantinov.

Artist Sergey Konstantinov. Painting Bookshelves. 18/43 in. Oil - board . 24 Karat Gold frame. 1999. Ann Getty House Collection.

Twelve color inkjet print on canvas. Limited edition, signed by the artist. Painting Bookshelves. Artist Sergey Konstantinov.

Bookshelf. The creative proposal for this painting originated from Ann Getty, who desired a painting of a bookshelf. I designed a composition of two bookshelves side-by-side in a diptych style. Each bookshelf is divided into four parts, exhibiting disciplines of the humanities: theatre, literature, and art. The masks displayed at the top shelves are recognized as a symbol of theatre and drama, and originate from Greek mythology. I sketched the masks to determine the placement of the comedy and tragedy character. Old but precious books line the middle shelves, with each book presenting a title of Getty’s favorite author. The delicate art of blue and white Porcelain Delft pottery is displayed below the literary works.

Artist Sergey Konstantinov. Художник Сергей Константинов.

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