When Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn came into the world, the United Provinces (present-day Netherlands) had not yet succeeded in freeing themselves from the tutelage of the kings of the House of Austria, a situation which they did not reach until 1648, when they succeeded in creating a rather peculiar independent republic. Read more
Vermeer De Delft (1632-1675)
Vermeer De Delft was a Flemish artist who painted women who read letters, make music, weigh gold, who conversed gallantly with gentlemen; Women who wrote, played the lute, take care of children, spun, and made lace bobbin.
Shunga, The Japanese Erotic Art of the XVII and XVIII Centuries
Shunga engravings are a kind of ukiyo-e (woodcut prints) produced in Japan during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The word shunga means spring image, euphemism used to refer to sexual intercourse. The culmination of these erotic Japanese illustrations is in the Edo period (17th-19th century) and used as a sexual guide for the sons and daughters of families who could afford these scrolls. The Japanese kept these illustrations next to the couple’s bridal furniture. Read more
The Head of Medusa
In Greek mythology, the Gorgons were female, monstrous and perverse beings. Medusa was one of three Gorgon sisters, and according to most versions, Medusa was the only mortal among them. Medusa was not always perverse and bestial, it tells the mythology that used to be beautiful until one day, Poseidón raped her in the temple of Athena Nike. Read more
Throughout Amedeo Modigliani’s pictorial production, the protagonist of his paintings is the human figure. Although, from 1916 it is totally dominated by the female nude. Something that caused him serious problems and that which he lived and created in the Parisian district of Montparnasse where there was a certain sexual freedom, however when he made his first and only individual exhibition, the show was closed by the police, because his nudes were labeled as immoral and with a heavy load of Erotic, too realistic.
Theory of Literature
What makes a text literary? The literary ability confers the way of narrating and ordering events. In the Prague Circle  the concept of literaryness arose for the first time; R. Jakobson affirmed that the “literary thing is not in the ornaments of the text, but in the revaluation of the same, because the purpose of the author is aesthetic.” Read more
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
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?
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.
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