Stories By Montaine Dumont
Vanishing Pyramid: JR’s Art at the Louvre MuseumAugust 23, 2021
In 2016, the urban photographer “JR” decided to visually remove the famous pyramid known as the modern symbol of the Louvre. Three years later, he expands on the very same by revealing fantasized foundations. Let’s have...
Djibril Diop Mambéty – The Poet of African CinemaAugust 5, 2021
“It is good for the future of cinema that Africa exists.” Born on January 23rd, 1945, in Colobane, a small town south-west of Dakar, Djibril Diop Mambéty remains one of the most recognized African filmmakers of...
On the Tracks of the Gunter Demnig’s Stumbling StonesJuly 9, 2021
“There must be a Jew buried here” – this was a phrase commonly uttered by some Germans before World War II, when they stumbled over a stone in the German capital. It speaks volumes about the...
Masterpiece of the Week: Cupid & Psyche by Antonio CanovaMay 16, 2021
A true gem of virtuosity, Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss is a marble scupture made between 1787 and 1793 by Antonio Canova. The sculptor portrayed the loving embrace of two major characters from Greek mythology: Love,...
Michelangelo’s Pieta: An Ode to the SublimeFebruary 23, 2021
The Pietà – or Virgin of Pity – is the representation of the Blessed Virgin holding her divine son on her knees. This iconic type entered Italy after having spread to France and in Germany from...
The Bust of Nefertiti: Ancient Masterpiece or Genius Hoax?November 20, 2020
On December 6, 1912, a team of excavators from the Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft, led by Ludwig Borchardt, unearthed a wonderful work of art. They found the bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti in the workshop of Thutmes,...
The Lost Portrait of Henry VIII: Art in Service of PowerOctober 16, 2020
Posing proudly in front of the fascinated spectator, a monarch fixes us with his majestic gaze. Perhaps you recognized the best known portrait of Henry VIII, by this simple description, but which painting are we talking...
Micha Ullman’s Empty Library: An Ode to CultureSeptember 14, 2020
A symbol of education in the city of Berlin, the Bebelplatz Square was chosen on May 10, 1933 by Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Education and Propaganda of the Nazi government, to carry out the infamous autodafé....
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