Three Living

Recently I have been reviewing reproductions of small medieval manuscripts in connection with a project to which I was invited. These two cards have particularly caught my eye for longer because of several reasons. First of all, the theme of the scene seems to be very up-to-date in its gruesome way. Here we are witnessing…

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Time

Being in a voluntary quarantine, I feel a little like Ophelia from a painting by John Everett Millais. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not about her death. It’s about the condition in which she was shown. I also feel like I’m inertly floating in water of time. I observe what passes me by, especially what…

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Be like Genevieve

I have one particular painting I like to come back to when I need to take my mind off the daily chase. Its theme is generally not important in my exercise in looking, but I will tell you that it is a representation of Saint Genevieve, painted by Hugo van der Goes. When I look…

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Kauffman. Artist, Superwoman, Influencer

In the coming weeks it will be difficult to visit any exhibition due to special precautions taken by subsequent countries as part of protection against the coronavirus pandemic. Many of us remain at home voluntarily to stop the spread of the epidemic. This entry is especially for you. Just before the pandemic broke out, I…

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Van Eyck. Visual revolutionist.

The exhibition “Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution” in Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent clearly shows how talented artist was Jan van Eyck. His work combines technical skills and theoretical knowledge, making it an unparalleled model for imitating nature through art. One of his most recognized works is undoubtedly the Ghent Altarpiece (The Adoration of…

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The Fight Between Carnival and Lent by Bruegel

Do you know the (cult) book series “Where’s Wally”? They contain illustrations in the form of “searches”. The title character is hiding among the crowd of characters and our skilled eye is supposed to recognize him. However, before we succeed, we have to get through the multitude of distracting elements. You probably wouldn’t guess that…

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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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