Author Archives: Roland_Keates

Still life

Still life

For most of the nineteenth century still life painting celebrated the nation’s rich natural bounty. Typical subject matter included the fruit-filled tabletops in works by Raphaelle Peale (1774-1825) and James Peale (1749-1831); the luxurious mealtime spreads of John F. Francis (1806-1886); and Severin Roesen’s (circa 1815-1871) opulent floral arrangements. Read more

Portraits of working classman

Portraits of the working classman

This article took on a different shape, from how I envisioned it, I had researched about the working man from the Amercian depression to the American Donald Trump voter, yet I found this a topic which many had written about. Read more

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei
“Everything is art. Everything is politics”, says Ai Weiwei (born in 1957), one of the world’s most
influential contemporary artists. As a conceptual artist, a documentary filmmaker, and an
activist, his works exert criticism not only on the regime of his native China, but respond as well
to the political reality of Europe’s current refugee crisis.

Read more

The Bird

I was recently flipped ‘The Bird’ by a car driver, I was quite amused because in Japanese culture flipping ‘The Bird’ means brother or sister so not a rude gesture, so I waved back and smiled. He looked at me with an angry face and raced off. So where did the gesture of flipping the bird come from? Read more

Sepulchral Culture

Sepulchral Culture

Are cemeteries a place of memory or only used for the disposal of a body? What significance attaches to a culture of memory. Cemeteries penetrates deeply into the cultural studies and the question of human action. Dealing with death is thus a cultural phenomenon and accordingly complex. Read more

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – The Great Composer of Classical Music

Born on January 27, 1756 in the city of Salzburg, Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart one of the greatest geniuses of classical music. As a child already had a great musical talent, and his father, Leopold Mozart, who was a composer encouraged his musical son gifts. With the support of the father he began to write short duets and compositions for the piano still in its infancy. Read more

Beethoven – Composer and Pianist

Beethoven – Composer and Pianist

Ludwig van Beethoven better known as only Beethoven was one of the biggest names in classical music in the world, becoming a composer and pianist well respected for his great works. Born in a town in Germany called Bonn in 1770, the artist has started to show his talent for music very early when he was a boy. Read more

Zentralfriedhof Vienna

Zentralfriedhof: The Vienna Central Cemetery:

The Vienna Central Cemetery is an area of nearly 2.5 million square meters, the second largest cemetery system in Europe and is thanks to its countless memorials and its generous investment to the main attractions of the city.

It is contrary to its name, on the southern outskirts of Vienna in the district of Simmering, but continues to meet the largest burial site of Vienna a central role, not least because the cost of burials at the Central Cemetery considerably lower than for burials in the cemeteries in other districts are. Currently, the cemetery is home to about 330,000 grave sites with three million dead. Read more

Johann Strauss the Elder

Johann Strauss the Elder (1804-1849)

Childhood and Marriage

Johann Strauss, from an early age showed no interest in music, but began his career in 1817 as a bookbinder and this same year took violin lessons and learned music theory from Ignaz von Seyfried. Johann Strauss the Elder, became very talented and joined a short time as a violist to Joseph Lanner, who had founded with the Brothers Drahanek a trio. Strauss befriended his later competitors Lanner quickly.
On September 1, 1825, Strauss separated from Lanner Orchestra. Approximately two and a half years earlier he had met Anna Streim, the daughter of the host “The Red Rooster” in Lichtenthal. Read more

Pictura Poesis

The is a literary genre which developed from the Renaissance and has continued throughout the classical age. It is expressed in many forms. The first, and most important, involved a parallel between the arts and those of visible speech: and first, of the other. From this comparison, in a generic way, have deployed more specific shape comparison between painting and sculpture, painting and music.

Read more