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Magda Michalska

Magda, art historian and Italianist, she writes about art because she cannot make it herself. She loves committed and political artists like Ai Weiwei or the Futurists; like Joseph Beuys she believes that art can change us and we can change the world.

    Stories By Magda Michalska

    • Food

      Mushroom Picking? The Tastiest Mushroom Art

      By October 2, 2017

      My grandpa is a real expert in mushroom picking, he knows all kinds of mushrooms and he spots even the ones hidden in the high grass. I suck at this, can probably distinguish only the one...

    • Sport And Entertainment

      Time For Golf! Golf Paintings

      By September 30, 2017

      I live in St Andrews, a small town in Scotland which is a legendary cradle of golf in the UK. Yesterday, when I was strolling on the golf course, I wondered whether there was any golf...

    • Art History 101

      Annibale Carracci: The Inventor of Baroque Painting?

      By September 27, 2017

      When did Mannierism give way to a new style? Was it with Caravaggio‘s dramatic lighting, or Rubens‘s opulence? Can we distinguish a moment in history, or an artist with whom the new era of painting began? I...

    • Seasons

      Paul Klee’s Autumn Atmosphere

      By September 26, 2017

      Hello autumn! I really like this season, especially for its colour palette: reddish and yellowish leaves, beige rainbow coats, green wellies, orange pumpkins… The colours of fall are warm and they create a unique atmosphere of coziness....

    • Art History 101

      Caravaggisti: Fans, Epigons, Masters?

      By September 20, 2017

      Caravaggio made an impact on painting already in his times. Probably because he behaved in defiance of all norms of the Church which was his biggest patron and commissioner. What a character he was… We could crown...

    • Art History 101

      Mannierism? Watch Your Manners!

      By September 19, 2017

      Young artists who left workshops in the years following the activity of Michelangelo and Raphael must have had a very hard time: how could one create art as perfect as theirs, how could one outdo their...

    • History

      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...

    • Middle Ages

      An Illuminated Year With Limbourg Brothers

      By September 14, 2017

      Imagine you are an extremely rich duke who lives in the 15th century and likes books and castles. What do you do to have them both? Commission a book filled with castles, as John the Magnificent, Duke...

    • Bodies And Erotic Art

      Why Is St Sebastian A Gay Icon?

      By September 9, 2017

      One may think that Christian saints have little in common with the gay culture. But there is an exception to every rule: if you see a handsome guy in his early twenties perforated by arrows, you...

    • Food

      Picnic Time! Best Picnic Inspirations From Art

      By August 22, 2017

      August picnics or barbecues, when the sun is shining, the grass is green and birds are singing… When the basket is full of yummy sandwiches and bottles of home-made compote… If you’re planning a summer eat-out...

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