Monthly Archives: January 2017

Judith and Holofernes by Caravaggio

Judith and Holofernes by Caravaggio

Judith and Holofernes is a pictorial work by the artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, better known as Caravaggio (1571-1610), circa 1589. Caravaggio is undoubtedly one of the most relevant figures in the whole artistic world. The painter par excellence of the Baroque period and the introducer of a new light treatment “the tenebrismo” that would greatly influence in the art world much beyond the life or surroundings of the artist. Read more

Tadeusz Gorecki

Tadeusz Gorecki

Gorecki Means “a person from Górka, Poland”.
Górka is a town in Poland whose name was ultimately derived from the Slavic gora “mountain”

I’ve been researching my grandfather (Tadeusz Gorecki) war history since 2005 and as off today 30th May 2015, my research had dried up considerably. What I knew about my grandfather and his war record was very limited in the first place, he never spoke of the war, had no visible signs of the war. So whats so special about my grandfather?

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Judith and Holopherne statues

Judith and Holopherne statues

During the Italian Renaissance, Judith was constantly invoked in the arts to ward off a double threat: that of the Turks on the outside and that of the tyrant within. Thus, at the end of the 15th century, the tomb of the Doge Andrea Sellmin, realized by Tullio Lombardo, is adorned with a triumphant Judith holding the head of Holopherne. [figure 1] Judith and Holopherne statues are born.

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Samson and Delilah

Samson and Delilah, painted by Rubens

The painting of Samson and Delilah tells the biblical episode in which Samson, feared Israeli warrior for his enormous strength, is overcome by the beautiful philistine Dalila, who he fell in love with. she found out that his strength lay in his hair, which then cut, took all his strength away. No doubt a symbol about the weakness that can cause infatuation. Read more

Salome and Judith

Salomé and Judith

I was looking through paintings depicting Salomé, I wracked my brains thinking I’ve seen these paintings before, then I thought of my research into Judith and Holopherne, and yes, Lucas Cranach the Elder depicted the two beauties, of the same age and possibly the same model. Read more

Brueghel

Brueghel “the old man” “The triumph of death”

The Other Face Behind Death

Brueghel, a man who saw in the life of the peasants, a social character that passed the reality to more burlesque and satirical terms, now, showed in his work “The triumph of the death”, a rhetoric, between the irony and the mockery To humans, when trying to escape something that is not alien to life, death. But the deformities and human degradations are not only evident, but also, the surrealist management with which it is permissive in the personages and the landscapes mounted there. Read more

Judith Holofernes

Judith & Holofernes

I recently visited The National Gallery and saw one of my favourite paintings from Johann Liss (about 1595 – 1631) and I stood in awe with the painting entitled “Judith in the Tent of Holofernes” I was struck by it’s brutal nature and blood curdling rendition of a simple Bible story. Why did Judith & Holofernes painting have such an effect on me? Read more

Slavery at Christmas

Slavery At Christmas

I’ve been thinking about Slavery ever since I watched “12 Years a Slave” a couple of years ago and I had wondered how slaves celebrated Christmas. Then I came across “Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938” which contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves.

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