Nigel KonstamSculptor & Teacher
Nigel Konstam is a sculptor and art historian with an original perspective on his field. His art historical research includes a well-known study exploring painters’ use of mirrors. His research has led him to a new way of understanding visual imagination and new methods of extending its range and power. His book Sculpture, the Art and the Practice (Verrocchio Arts) was praised by critics for its “lively, knowledgeable and stimulating discussion on the nature of art and the way an artist’s mind works.”
Based on his experience, Konstam challenges recent findings by Rembrandt scholars regarding the number of drawings and paintings they accept as real Rembrandts. Based on extensive appraisal of Rembrandt’s work with an artist’s eye, Konstam has convincing evidence that the scholars are wrong.
In 2002, Konstam presented two great discoveries in The Oxford Journal of Archaeology. He found an ancient chimney that rose from the furnace that Phidias and other ancient sculptors used to melt the bronze for their monumental sculptures. He also demonstrated that the Greeks used life-casting frequently, as early as Phidias. The Museum of Artists’ Secrets is at his residence in Tuscany, where he offers courses in sculpture, drawing and art appreciation. Konstam also regularly lectures on the art and art history of the region.