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REMEMBER TO OBEY – Leonardo da Vinci and the Virgin of the Rocks

In April 1483, the prior of a Milanese Confraternity signed a contract for an altarpiece. It was the first commission obtained by a young artist, who came from Florence to the city. The agreement which Leonardo da Vinci had agreed to undertake, provided a triptych: in the central altarpiece, Our Lady and the encounter between Jesus and the small Giovanni, …

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AMERICAN INNER LANDSCAPES

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BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES IN ICELAND

Soundtrack: Sigur Rós / Svefn G Englar, free MP3. The intellectual property of the images that appear in this blog correspond to their authors. The sole purpose of this site, is to spread the knowledge of these painters and that other people enjoy their works.

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AMAZING SECRET PLACES IN LONDON

Step beyond the queues of London’s tourist, to its quirkier side, because the town reserves any number of hidden treasures, but only for those who know how to wander off the beaten track, and far from the usual clichés. Step beyond the queues of London’s tourist, to its quirkier side. Enjoy a night (out somewhere different), this weekend and discover …

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LONDON UNDERGROUND PLACES

At the time construction was extremely difficult, thanks to the muddy silt. The Thames Tunnel was the first successful one. http://www.brunel-museum.org.uk/history/the-thames-tunnel/ You too can see what London Underground reopened: the remains of the bunker that Winston Churchill used to hide (during WWII), and the entrance to the first underwater tunnel ever constructed. Tours run every Tuesday afternoon. We can meet …

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LONDON UNDERGROUND PAINTINGS

The intellectual property of the images that appear in this blog correspond to their authors. The sole purpose of this site, is to spread the knowledge of these painters and that other people enjoy their works.

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CREATIVE ADVICES FOR WALKING ON THE STREETS OF LONDON

The intellectual property of the images that appear in this blog correspond to their authors. The sole purpose of this site, is to spread the knowledge of these painters and that other people enjoy their works.

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CARNIVAL TIME – Venice’s party colors in art paintings

It’s CARNIVAL TIME If you hear some discussion about carnivals in Europe, what would be your first association?  Most of us probably think of the annually Carnival in Venice. Today, this carnival is a huge celebration, that lasts for two weeks. While several events require invitations and have steep ticket prices, many others, like the candle-lit parade of boats, concerts, and street performances are …

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ARCHAEOLOGY OF PLAGUE

Epidemics killed millions of people, when they periodically swept Europe and other parts of the world (the Black Death of the 14th century have killed 50 million people). They were buried in haste, possibly during plague epidemic. Workers who were digging, have stumbled on an ancient cemetery, which contains at least 60 skeletons. In Florence, has been discovered burial with …

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THE MACABRE DANCE – The Death triumph in Clusone, Italy

In Val Seriana (province of Bergamo), there is a medieval building commissioned by the brotherhood of governing. The oratory of the governing of Clusone, http://www.valseriana.eu/arte-e-cultura/la-danza-macabra-el-oratorio-dei-disciplini-di-san-bernardino-clusone/ owns a cycle of frescoes of 1485, all painted by Giacomo de Borlone Buschis. Visiting this site, you’ll find the memory of old fear – the plague. The Triumph of Death and Danse Macabre are …

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