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The french word "atelier" means studio or workshop.
Originating during the Renaissance and continuing through the 19th century, ateliers served as a place
for master artists to create their own work and to teach a cadre of followers the "craft" of painting.
This has all but disappeared with the advent of Modern Art where technique has been eschewed in favor of aesthetic theory.
The "ATELIER NEO MEDICI" believes that in order to create constant Art, i.e., Art which transcends the fashionable, it is necessary for the artist to have had a comprehensive background in traditional old master painting techniques. The quality of a painting can be assessed in terms of it's technical virtuosity e.g, composition and colour harmony or treatment of light.
As Plato wrote: "THE GOOD IS THE BEAUTIFUL".
The artists at the atelier aspire to perfection which is understood in relation to the works of such old masters as Raphael or Botticelli. Their approach towards painting is academic and they are very conscious of what they are creating, intellectually and technically. The communal life of the Atelier is fundamental, creating a situation where the artists are constantly learning through discussion or mutuel criticism. The Atelier is a stimulous, generating energy and encouraging a serious approach to painting.
Its fundamental ideas and principles are based on those found in the Renaissance concept of an Atelier. As it was with the Renaissance, the Master-Student relationship here is very strong.
Without impinging on the students' individuality, the Master imparts to them his knowledge of painting techniques.
The importance of a disciplined and profound knowledge of painting techniques is greatly emphasized at the Atelier. The artists learn not only contemporary but also XV and XVI century techniques. They learn all aspects of their craft, from the maintenance of their equipment, to the different paints and tools, to a highly scientific analysis of light and of colour and the relationship between them.