Hi, I'm Vincent Finnan (Vinny) the owner and author of Italian-Renaissance-Art.com...
Welcome to my website. I live in the North West of England midway between Manchester and Liverpool.
A Lifetime of Art!
My passion,( some say obsession), with art, started from the moment I could hold a pencil, grew throughout my school years, and blossomed during my formal art student studies in the early 1970s.
Completing many paintings and drawings, before, during, and after my student years, I became increasingly fascinated by art history. The characters and political intrigues associated with these artistic movements make far better reading than any modern day soap opera. I have absorbed hundreds of books and articles (and I do mean hundreds) on every conceivable artistic genre.
My website centres on the Italian Renaissance, (writing about the whole of art history would take up more of a life than I have available to me) but my fascination with all of art history just grows and grows. It is my intention to build further sites in the future, art based of course.
I am not an art historian, however, my expertise in art history has been gained over the past 40 years. The most valuable lesson is that you never stop learning, there is always something that will surprise and delight. I have visited galleries in the major cities; Paris Louvre; National Gallery London; Vatican Rome; Amsterdam's Van Gogh and Rembrandt museum's; The Picasso museum in Barcelona; The Salvador Dali exhibition at the Tate in Liverpool. Let's not forget Florence, the whole city is an art gallery and it also boasts the Uffizi.
My aim is to encourage as many of my site visitors to get out there and look at art in the flesh. Wherever you go in the world, from the largest city to the smallest town, there is almost always a gallery or museum featuring works of art. So if you happen to be on vacation or even a business trip, try to take some time to visit whatever may be available.
I now faced a dilemma. I knew that I had something to say but, how to share my passion for art!!!
Should I write a book?
Teach art locally?
Write articles for publications in art journals? None of these options offered a satisfactory solution for me.
Then the answer became obvious, build a website!
A website offered me the versatility to add and change information over a long period of time and at my own pace. Then another more obvious problem came to mind.....I had no idea how to build a website!
Quite by chance, I stumbled across the solution:- SBI, a company that guides novices step by step through the process of building a site.
You are looking at the result, Italian-renaissance-art.com is an evolving, fluid snapshot of an important period in art history. I hope that you enjoy the journey and visit often, please feel free to post your comments (be they good, bad or ugly) through my contact page.