Jewellery in Rossetti’s paintingsJanuary 26, 2018
Each jewellery in Rossetti’s paintings worn by his models wasn’t invented but copied from actual accessories from the artist’s collection. Pieces were carefully selected to complement the garment, color and other aesthetic features of the painting. Rossetti kept...
Symbolism in Beata Beatrix by Dante Gabriel RossettiJanuary 13, 2018
Rossetti started Beata Beatrix in 1863 after the death of his wife Elizabeth Siddal (1829-62). The painting illustrates the last chapter of Medieval Florentine writer Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)’s poem La Vita Nuova (1295). The female figure is of...
Enlightenment and Joseph Wright ‘of Derby’January 8, 2018
Artists of the 17/18th century started to secularise traditional subject matters: science and intellectual exploration began to replace religion and dogma, which greatly shifted the course of the represented world and of intellectual understanding. Joseph Wright ‘of Derby’ was one of...
Legend of Proserpine by Dante Gabriel RossettiJanuary 5, 2018
Works of the famous Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti often resonate with his personal experiences in life and love. Especially, the lush portraits of the larger-than-life goddesses were often inspired by the women who had the biggest significance...
Francisco Goya: The First Modernist?August 17, 2017
Everyone has heard of the Spaniard, Francisco Goya, but what title would you give this enigma of an artist? Court Painter? Romantic? War Correspondent? Celebrity Painter? Social Commentator? Subversive? Modernist? All of these titles are apt, however, would...
Painting Music or Listening to Pictures: Wagnerism in ArtJuly 13, 2017
What is Wagnerism? There are no other cultural movements in the world that were named after one person. Wagnerism was an admiration to Wagner’s musical oeuvre that originated in the second half of the nineteenth century. The attention,...
Eugene Delacroix – The Death of SardanapalusJune 4, 2017
The Death of Sardanapalus is one of the most spectacular paintings of Eugene Delacroix. It currently hangs in the Musée du Louvre in Paris but there is also a smaller replica, painted by Delacroix in 1844. The Death of...
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