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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

  • Special Occasion And News

    New Year’s Resolutions For 2019?

    By January 1, 2019

    The nearer 2019 is, the more I think about new things I would like to do in the incoming year. And I’m not even talking about resolutions or bucket lists, but rather dreams of experiences or...

  • Special Occasion And News

    New Year’s Fireworks in Painting

    By December 31, 2018

    Bonfires, parties, or reading in bed. Ideas for how one should spend New Year’s Eve are endless, and everyone should spend it the way they like. Probably most of like to watch fireworks at midnight, but...

  • Special Occasion And News

    Boxing Day with St Stephen

    By December 26, 2018

    According to the Catholic calendar, the second day of Christmas commemorates St Stephen, a young deacon of the community of Jerusalem who became the first martyred in the name of Jesus, a fact recounted in Acts...

  • Special Occasion And News

    Most Beautiful Adorations of the Shepherds for Christmas

    By December 25, 2018

    Past Christmases we showed you Nativity scenes, wintery landscapes, or even Andy Warhol’s Christmas trees. This year I want to show you paintings which instead of focusing on Baby Jesus, make the real protagonists the shepherds...

  • Food

    Fish Paintings For Christmas Eve Dinners

    By December 24, 2018

    In many cultures, Christmas Eve dinner does not include any meat or alcohol because one should keep a vigil fasting and expecting the feastings of Christmas Day. So in anticipation of a lot of food that...

  • Seasons

    Russian Winter in Konstantin Korovin’s Eyes

    By December 20, 2018

    If one thinks of winter in Russia, one usually imagines loads of snow, fur hats, and hip flasks filled with some warming drink… What was winter like to one of the most famous Russian Impressionists, Konstantin...

  • Seasons

    Scent of Orange in the Wintery Air: Portraits with Oranges

    By December 17, 2018

    What does winter smell to you like? For me, it’s the scent of cinnamon-spiced gingerbread, mulled wine, and of course mandarins. My grandma used to make Christmas decorations by spiking oranges with cloves, turning them into...

  • Religious Art

    Theosophy and Art: There Is No Religion Higher Than Truth

    By December 13, 2018

    The subtitle of today’s post is the motto of the American Theosophical Society, which has been functioning since its foundation in New York in 1875. Its most famous leader, Russian Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, taught that Theosophy was not...

  • An Artist Turned Suffragette. A Story of Olive Hockin An Artist Turned Suffragette. A Story of Olive Hockin

    Women Artists

    An Artist Turned Suffragette. A Story of Olive Hockin

    By December 11, 2018

    Ever heard of Olive Hockin? No? Me neither. While browsing pages for my next post about Theosophy, I came across this mysterious artist I had never heard of before. Moreover, it turns out she was quite...

  • Impressionism

    Wilhelm Hansen’s Impressionist Collection that Denmark Refused to Buy

    By December 8, 2018

    On the 14th September 1918, Wilhelm Hansen founded one of the finest collections of Impressionist painting in Europe in his summer house not far from Copenhagen. Yet, just four years later his bank went bankrupt and...

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