Career of little people in past centuries

:: in November 25, 2019 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Recently I’ve had a pleasure to attend a conference in Ostrava, entitled: “Visualizing the Other in Late Medieval and Early Modern Art (1300–1550)”, so today I decided to write about otherness… in size. Not only in the Middle Ages. But, of course, I will start with something medieval, as I…

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Masculinity of the 16th century

:: in October 28, 2019 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Federico II Gonzaga, the ruler of Mantua, decided one day that he wants to have a nice summer residence, and he commissioned Palazzo del Te, completed in 1525-1534 by an architect and painter Giulio Romano, pupil of Raphael. I have once mentioned Giulio Romano before, in a post on erotic…

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Other Mona Lisas

:: in May 10, 2018 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

There’s no doubt that Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings in the World, and it is commonly considered as priceless masterpiece that everyone recognises. A lot has been written about this painting, including popular or even sensational articles. I always wondered why one of the Leonardo’s paintings…

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do not hurt a fly

:: in October 19, 2017 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

However strange that may sound, the fact is that at the dawn of Renaissance the artists had a strange habit of painting… flies! Both in Italy and in the Northern Europe we may find various examples of a trompe-l’œil depictions of a fly. In most cases it is assumed that it…

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Did Michelangelo forge Laocoön?

:: in May 14, 2017 :: in Blog :: 1 comment

The Laocoön Group is one of the most famous ancient sculptures, depicting mythical Laocoön and his sons being killed by the snakes. The statue was discovered in Rome in 1506 – it was unearthed in the vineyard of certain Felice De Fredis. Immediately Giuliano da Sangallo was called to the site…

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