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  • Farinelli- The Best Castrato In Portraits

    By November 20, 2017

    What does ‘castrato’ mean? ‘Castrati’ ( were male singers who had been castrated before puberty to retain the so-called ‘voce bianca’, that is unmutated voice, which therefore was neither female (soprano/alto), nor male (tenore/basso). They were most common...

  • Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun And The Women In Her Portraits

    By November 7, 2017

    Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun and the women in her portraits is a famous reference to every art-lover. The French painter – also known as Madame Lebrun – is considered to have placed her style somewhere between that of a Rococo...

  • William Hogarth – Marriage à-la-mode

    By October 17, 2017

    The 18th century British painter William Hogarth created an insightful series of paintings about the arranged marriages of his times, entitled Marriage à-la-mode. William Hogarth – Marriage à-la-mode – takes us into the unholy world of love affairs...

  • Big Mr Sunshine: Portraits of Louis XIV

    By October 3, 2017

    September is a month of Louis XIV: he was born on the 5th and died on the 1st September. He was definitely a great arts patron but sadly a ‘slightly’ less great king. However, that didn’t stop him to...

  • Meet Madame de Pompadour, The Queen of Arts in Portraits

    By September 16, 2017

    Elvis Presley’s famous hairstyle was called after her, a French champagne glass is believed to have been modelled after her breast, and according to the legend, the ‘marquise cut’ diamond was commissioned to resemble the shape of her...

  • The Story Of Two Casanova Brothers, Who Happened To Be Painters

    By September 13, 2017

    When we hear Casanova we think of Giacomo the famous adventurer, who in his autobiography, Histoire de ma vie (Story of My Life) described often complicated and elaborate affairs with women that his name is now synonymous with “womanizer”....

  • Queen Marie Antoinette in Portraits

    By May 12, 2017

    Marie Antoinette was the last Queen of France and Navarre before the French Revolution. During the Revolution, she became known as Madame Déficit because the country’s financial crisis was blamed on her lavish spending and her opposition to...

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