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PHOTOGRAPHING DURING THE PANDEMIES – The defining photos of a pandemic: stories behind them

Keeping creativity flowing close your home From one day to the next, and this has always been the case, people have lost not only their means of subsistence, but also the certainties of their daily routines. The widespread impact of any pandemic has always hit hard, taking people’s daily lives by surprise around the world. Even the photographers have reacted, …

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WRITING, IN THE SHADOW OF DEATH – Poets who tell the pain, between skepticism and meanness

Still, new springs will return How have the recurring elements in the realities that poets and writers were experiencing, also in light of the explosion of the Black Death pandemic, been told in literature? There is a way of behaving men in the presence of fears, which Cecco Angiolieri and Franceschino degli Albizzi have lived and told, in Siena and …

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POLYPHONIC SONGS IN THE GARDEN OF LOVE – Singing polite, at the time of the Black Plague

When a pandemic changes the musical landscape In the motets of a courteous setting, he masterfully used a compositional practice based on the elaboration of the melodic and rhythmic component. Before dying in Reims in 1377, the city where he was born around 1300, a musician and poet Guillaume de Machault, in the service of the King of Bohemia John …

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GIOVANNI VENTURA, A PHYSICIAN OF THE PLAGUE – The bitter memory of terrible days

When silk streets turned into contagion routes Inside the file 443, in the historical archive of a city, a contract drawn up in 1479 between a young doctor and the public authorities of those places is still preserve today. In exchange for the monthly salary of thirty florins, as well as a comfortably furnished house in the city, Giovanni Ventura …

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WHEN FLORENTINE CULTURE FECONDED ATTITUDES – Ambrogio Lorenzetti, an artist of the fourteenth century, between Madonnas and allegories

A profound humanity, within complex allegories Widespread in Europe since 1346, the great lawn mower commonly known as the other death or black plague https://www.ilpalio.org/gabrielli_pesteigine.htm had claimed over twenty million human lives before disappearing. In 1348, due to that epidemic and just like his brother, a man named Ambrogio also died in Siena. Fearing the imminence of his death, in …

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INDIVIDUALITY AND CREATIVITY – Generating artistic innovations in Japan

Domain-specificity of creativity and Japanese people In their country, a flower represents the fragility and beauty of life. In Japanese culture, the meaning of the cherry blossom tree dates back to ancient times. As you begin your trip to Japan https://www.japan.travel/en/, it is advisable never to forget, under any circumstances, that life can be wonderfully beautiful, but also short. It …

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SOMETHING BRIGHT AND FUN – Yuki Ogura, a very prolific artist

A Japanese Modern & Contemporary artist The warmth and humanity in her work, makes she endearing to audiences. Her maiden name was Yuki Mizoguchi. Yuki Ogura http://www.artnet.com/artists/yuki-ogura/ was born in Ōtsu city (Shiga Prefecture), into a March day, in 1895. Her home-studio were located in Kamakura, where she lived to the age of 105. Her work has been offered at …

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DESTRUCTURED CLOTHES, ON THE BORDER WITH THE ABSURD – Rei Kawakubo, the great Lady of the Japanese avant-garde

Doing things never done, but with a strong image In 2017, the Metropolitan Museum of New York dedicated an exhibition to her, collecting her most iconic items. Three-dimensional and exaggerated dresses, unconventionally also made with overlapping materials. She had studied art and literature, had become an advertising and finally a stylist. Born in Tokyo on an October day in 1942, …

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THE CHARM OF PHOTOGRAPHY, BETWEEN VIVID AND DREAMY COLORS – Mika Ninagawa, a multidisciplinary artist who works in photography and film

A creative look that embraces flora, fauna, landscapes and paintings In Japan, celebrities are looking for her portraits. Her photographic works deal with themes inherent to Japanese youth culture, as well as – among other themes – goldfish and landscapes. Known for her style filled with vibrant colors, photographer Mika Ninagawa https://mikaninagawa.com/ was born in Tokyo on an October day …

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VISIONARY MASTERPIECES, AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD – Chimako Tada, a sweetly flexible and beautiful language

Write on the outskirts of life, in relative isolation. Author of over 15 poetry books, Chimako Tada https://poets.org/poet/tada-chimako was a poet famous for her surreal style. She translated prose and poetry from French, documenting with words the female experience in the period following the end of the Second World War. Her Japanese translation of Yourcenar’s Memoires d’Hadrien was publish with …

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