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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GEORGES COROMINAS (1945), SPANISH PAINTER – “joie de vivre”

GEORGES COROMINAS  George Corominas is the son of a Spanish painter. He was born in 1945. After studying in Algeria at the National School of Fine Arts of Algiers, he returned to France in 1962, where his paintings were quickly noticed. He portrays personages that resemble nobility in wonderful and colorful landscapes. His paintings resemble tales, enchanting fables, that lead ...

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ALEX LEVIN (1975), UKRAINIAN PAINTER – Venice through the mask’s eyes

ALEX LEVIN  He was born in 1975. His works are admired worldwide. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, he has been displayed in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections in the U.S., Israel, France, Italy, Ukraine, Switzerland and Belgium. He has been acknowledged by many influential figures, including: Richard Gere, Madonna, jazz player Oscar Peterson, and former president of Israel. Alex Levin ...

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JEAN CLAUDE CAMPANA, FRENCH ARTIST – the magic of Venetian carnival

JEAN CLAUDE CAMPANA He has been painting for the last thirty years. He started his career by exhibiting together with Baboulène, Buffet, Hilaire, Brayer. Strengthened by his expérience in surrealism, symbolism and realism, he has been devoted to Venice in a very personal style. The succession of glacis really captures the light, this way he creates theater scenes, where utopia and reality ...

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JEAN CLAUDE DESPLANQUES (1936), FRENCH ARTIST – sublime mystery

 JEAN CLAUDE DESPLANQUES He was born in Normandy in 1936 and developed a passion for drawing from the age of eight years.  A former student of the School of Fine Arts, Jean Claude Desplanques has been devoted to painting since 1960. His mythical creatures, characters and sublime mystery take us to his pictorial fantastic universe. Note: The intellectual property of ...

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HE WAS LIKE A LEAF – Umberto Saba and autobiographical poems

He was Italian poet, noted for his simple autobiographical poems. Umberto Saba was raised by his Jewish mother, after his father deserted them, when he was an infant. From age 17, he developed his interest in poetry. In November 1910 was published his first collection of poems. https://www.amazon.com/Songbook-Selected-Umberto-Margellos-Republic/dp/0300181752 He established his reputation as a poet with the publication of “The ...

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READING BEST ITALIAN NOVELS – The Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio

He was born in Paris (France) and died in Certaldo (Tuscany, Italy). He was the son of a Tuscan merchant (his mother was probably French). His father had no sympathy for Boccaccio’s literary inclinations and sent him to Naples to learn business. Giovanni Boccaccio (1313/1375) was Italian poet, best remembered as the author of The Decameron. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdLjE0oMuDk He laid the ...

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PAINTING DURING THE PLAGUE –Representation of Black Death time in art

Spreading from central Asia to Russia, this pestilence devastated Europe and left behind despair and sadness. Also the lives of all artist were experienced in its shadow, facing the danger that contagion could seize in their city. Thousands of painters and craftsmen perished during the mid 14th century, and the heart of the European world was torn open. That time, ...

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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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WHEN POEMS HAVE BEEN SET TO MUSIC – Eduard Mörike

Everything he wrote, always has its own distinctive flavour. Many his poems have been set to music. He was a German Romantic poet of the Swabian school, in Southern Germany. Eduard Moerike was born in Ludwigsburg and studied Theology at the Seminary of Tübingen (following the ecclesiastical career, becoming a Lutheran pastor). His poems are lyrics and are expressed in ...

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DISCOVERING THE UNIMAGINABLE HORIZONS OF YOUR SOUL – Achill Island, Ireland

One of the most picturesque is the Keel Beach, nestled between the mountains. Here you can breathe the air border. The most impressive of its views is The Atlantic Drive. Arriving here, among heather and peat bogs, you will walk the road, that seems to ride on the mountains overlooking the sea. Achill Island, http://achilltourism.com/ could be the largest of ...

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