Monthly Archives: February 2017

Diego Velázquez

Carrying on from my article on Baroque paintings, Diego Velázquez aka Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660) in my opinion is the master of the Baroque The Spanish school. Read more

Baroque painting

Baroque painting

During the Baroque painting era, Europe is plunged into continuous wars, the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation, which will not end until the independence of Holland, and the consolidation of monarchical absolutism, especially in the centre of the continent. Art will be the propaganda vehicle of both the Church of the Counter-Reformation, and of the absolutist states or of the Protestant bourgeoisie. It is a seductive art that appeals to the imagination, the sensuality and the dynamism, for which it uses of the compositional theatricality is depicted.

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Earl Grey Tower

Earl Grey Tower

I had read about Earl Grey Tower in many walking books of Derbyshire and I had wanted to visit the tower many times, but time has never given me this chance. Today I had this opportunity and all I could do was sit in awe of a sight of this once great tower. Read more

Rembrandt

Rembrandt (1606-1669)

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

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.

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Shunga

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

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

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