Lithuanian stories of Mikalojus Čiurlionis
The genius of East European symbolism, artist, composer, writer and photographer, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis was brought up in Polish culture, but became an outstanding creator of Lithuanian culture, an artist…

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Italian art and painting
The history of Italian art is the art of Italy itself in time and space. After Etruscan civilization, and especially after the Roman Republic and Empire, which has held a…

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Italian neoclassicism and 19th century art
As in other parts of Europe, Italian neoclassical art was based mainly on the principles of ancient Roman and ancient Greek art and architecture, as well as on Italian architecture…

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whose appearance

Cleopatra in art and painting: exotic queen and femme fatale

Cleopatra has inspired artists since the Renaissance. On the one hand, she was a great queen, whose attractiveness succumbed to Caesar and Anthony, the two most influential Roman military leaders. On the other hand, her tragic suicide, which deprived the winner of at least part of his triumph. However, ancient authors agree with the fact that Cleopatra was bitten by a snake in her hand. A bite in the chest is an invention of Shakespeare, which was later eagerly picked up by the visual arts.

Guido Reni: The Death of Cleopatra (1625-1630) painting by Guido Reni Maria Magdalene (1635)

Guido Reni shows Cleopatra in the pose of a repentant sinner. For comparison, on the right is his painting “Mary Magdalene” (1635). It depicts the same pose, and the same expression. The difference, besides the obligatory presence of the snake, is only in the lighting that promises to give divine grace to Mary Magdalene. In this case, the historical authenticity of two women, whose appearance and decoration corresponds to the XVII century, is absolutely not Continue reading

The concept and origin of cubism
Cubism was born in the years 1907-1911. Pablo Picasso's 1907 painting Avignon Maidens is often considered a proto-Cubist work. Georges Braque's “Homes in Estate” (and related works) prompted the critic…

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Joyful heavy metal and mad rabbits. New painting from Silesia
Starting from the 50s of the last century in Upper Silesia three associations of artists acted in turn, each of which excelled the previous one in eccentricity. Even in the…

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Office decoration. Interesting ideas
Most people can safely say that a significant part of their lives goes to work. This is important to consider when arranging an office space, because the working atmosphere and…

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Joyful heavy metal and mad rabbits. New painting from Silesia
Starting from the 50s of the last century in Upper Silesia three associations of artists acted in turn, each of which excelled the previous one in eccentricity. Even in the…

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