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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

    • 20th century

      Rape? What Rape? Artworks Everyone Should See

      By January 7, 2019

      In October 2017, #MeToo movement was founded, with the hashtag spreading virally and women all over the world sharing their stories of experience of sexual harassment. Various artists, mostly women, have treated this subject in art and...

    • Animals

      2019: Year of the Pig and Pigs in Painting

      By January 4, 2019

      According to the Chinese zodiac, 2019 is the year closing the twelve-year lunar calendar cycle. It’s named after the Pig because according to the mythology, it was the last guest to arrive when the Jade Emperor (i.e. first...

    • 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...

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