Ayers Tarantino, Art and Antiques
Collecting art is almost as old as civilisation itself, from ancient Egypt to today’s world-class museums. In the earliest civilisations such as Egypt, Babylon, China, and India, a form of art collecting existed as collections of valuables and artworks stored in temples, graves, and sanctuaries, as well as in king’s palaces and treasures.
In the Hellenistic Age (1st - 4th century BC), a taste for art collecting first developed among the Greeks as they came to value art from prior stylistic phases for their own sake, rather than for its religious or civic meaning. However, art collecting came into its own with the rise of Rome. Wealthy Romans created collections of Greek sculptures and paintings and commissioned copies if they were beyond their reach.
During the middle ages, European interest in art was lost, and the monasteries became the primary repositories of artefacts. But the rediscovery of the classical Greco-Ro-man cultural heritage by the Italian humanists during the Renaissance revived interest in and collection of ancient art.In addition to works of contemporary art by the great painters of the era, Florence’s Medici family, Mantua’s Gonzagas, Urbino’s Montefeltros, and Ferrara’s Estes formed collections of antique sculpture.
Non-aristocratic collectors such as Pierre Crozat, Horace Walpole, and the Fugger banking family developed significant collections throughout the 18th century. Whereas, Europe’s tremendous private collections started to be opened up for public viewing, and monarchs and aristocrats ultimately started donating their collections to the community.
In the late 18th and 19th centuries impressive art museums opened throughout Europe with collections that had been given to them by their owners.A domineering characteristic of art collecting has been the flow of artworks from private collections to museums ever since.
Otto Nagel Art Collection is a heart-felt collection of Mr Nagel’s love for arts; mirroring his deep admiration of colours, abstractions, structures, mythology, philosophy and Anatolian landscapes. Mr Nagel does not collect in a traditional way, he has his own system. He does not chase after the most prominent artists, the most valuable prints or what could gain financial value in the future. He truly collects the artworks that bring him joy, all of them he very much loves to see every day of his life. By exhibiting a significant part of collection around his office, he manages to see his artworks every day.
He has been collecting art almost all his life, in addition to being a supporter of arts and artists. Apart from his business life of 40 years, he has always been and will continue to be an art lover and patron. It his vision and wish, similar to other historical collectors, which has created the opportunity to found this gallery to share his collection with our community.
It has been a pleasure and honour to be able to work with Mr Nagel closely towards his vision of an art gallery and space. With this book we aim to share a part of his collections from Istanbul and Berlin but also to express to him how much we appreciate his passion for arts, his support and his belief that art really is the highlight of our lives. We hope to share his beloved artworks with our communities both in Istanbul and Berlin, and we believe everyone will share his admiration for these artworks.
Art Advisor, Gallery Director
Art Vision Gallery by Otto Nagel, Istanbul
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