Can someone please point me in the direction of a comprehensive thread regarding traditional black tie affair? Thanks!
grazia or grace. Vasari's emphasis on this ephemeral quality (perhaps best embodied in the painting of Raphael) probably reflects the influence of Baldesar Castiglione (1478-1529), whose Book of the Courtier (1528) argued that social behaviour should be governed by the ideal of sprezzatura or a kind of studied nonchalance. True art, according to Castiglione, was art which did not reveal itself to be art and was produced effortlessly and without obvious signs of study and emphasis upon technique. Sound training was insufficient, in Vasari's opinion, to explain the appearance of such original geniuses as Michelangelo. Great talent improves with training and education, but no amount of such training and education can automatically produce a masterpiece." On another note: I remember finding a site years ago that had a variety of tie knots listed by type (symmetrical and asymmetrical are the only categories I can remember off the top of my head, since that's what I'm wondering about). Anyone know it, or know one like it? Or just a good tie-knot site?
"Vasari was opposed to any artistic style that exhibited pedantic book learning, academic exercise, or unusual, laborious effort. As a result, one of the highest compliments he pays to an artist is that his works possess