Raphael, pardon who?

The year 2020 is dedicated to Raphael because of the 500th anniversary of his death. Alongside Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, he is one of the great trio of Italian Renaissance artists. I dare say, however, that he is the least known of them. The average art lover will associate him with the over-sweetened Madonnas,…

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Janne Colijns

Janne Colijns was the prioress of the Augustinian Order of Onze Lieve Vrouw ter Rosen gheplant in Jericho, Brussels. She performed this role from 26 June 1482 until her death on 30 April 1491. It is difficult to establish whether she herself commisioned her epitaph or her companions did so. It was probably hung near…

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Between the Emperor & Sultan

The Badisches Landes Museum in Karlsruhe is celebrating its hundredth “birthday” with a delicious “Keiser und Sultan” exhibition devoted to the history of the European-Turkish wars held in the heart of Europe, namely Hungary, Transylvania and the Balkan Peninsula in the 17th century. The pretext for organizing this event was the collection of war thropies…

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Unbreakable Moreel

Have you ever wondered who were the people whose portraits you see in museums? I have this question in my head when I watch paintings, which show something else, apart from the portrayed people – a piece of landscape, other characters or an interesting composition. I stop for a moment and try to understand what…

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The Witches

I was inspired to write this entry by reading the introduction to Mona Chollet’s book “Sorcières, la puissance invaincue des femmes” (no English translation as yet, I was reading in Polish). I was particularly surprised by a short passage on the works of several sixteenth-century artists from northern Europe. „The hate obsession of some painters…

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Rembrandt & women

Quite recently I was at a lecture accompanying the 36xRembrandt exhibition at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. One of its main highlights is the Girl in the Painting’s Frame – a work that has not yet received the world fame it deserves. In the aforementioned lecture, the pose of the girl was described as seductive…

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Bowie and trashy art

Recently I have published a post with the image of a painting, which belonged to David Bowie for a long time. What surprised me was the reaction of one of the Internet users who wrote (probably) about painting: “trash + name artist”. Not knowing what to think about it, I started to investigate the Jacopo…

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Mystery of the Virgin

The image of Virgin and Child created by Jean Fouquet is rather unusual one. The first thing that catches the eye is the exposed, snow-white Madonna’s breast, so perfectly round that it is almost unreal. In contrast to other images of this type – Madonna lactans, that means the nursing one – Child seems to…

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Sodom

This is a roundel – a small round-shaped stained glass. Unlike a typical one, consisting of many colored pieces of glass connected by a lead frame, this one is painted in two colors on a transparent surface. Its size depended on the technical capabilities of the glazier – making a smooth, uniform round pane of…

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Icarus

Today, not much from me. I wanted to share the words of a poet, who described his perceiving of the paintings of the old masters. Close to mine. As an illustration, I am showing the Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, currently considered a repetition of Pieter Bruegel’s composition. Which means that however there is…

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