Power of life

The winter of 1917 was not one of the easiest, the effects of the Great War that had been going on for several years could be felt in all aspects of life. There was no reason to be happy. It was at that time that Amedeo Modigliani created a series of feminine nudes that were…

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Portrait of Johann Moritz and a Boy

I have prepared for you the first video post from a new series of art stories. I start with a painting that is very close to me – a portrait of Johann Moritz, Count Nassau-Siegen from the National Museum in Warsaw. Check it for yourselves! If you want to read more about that particular subject,…

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Image of Black in Rembrandt’s Times

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is planning to open an exhibition on slavery in autumn. Meanwhile, the Rembrandthuis Museum (Rembrandt House) opened a small exhibition in March, referring to this problem from a local perspective. „HERE: Black in Rembrandt’s Time” seeks for an answer to the question of who were the black figures that can so…

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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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