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  • Jewellery in Rossetti’s paintings

    By January 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 Rossetti

    By January 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’

    By 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 Rossetti

    By January 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?

    By 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 Art

    By July 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 Sardanapalus

    By June 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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