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The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso (1903)

The Old Guitarist – one of Picasso’s most powerful artistic creations in the feeble form of a blind musician. This beautiful paradox was painted in 1903 in Madrid, a moment in time in which Picasso himself was not only emerging from poverty, but was also recovering from the suicide of his close friend Carlos Casagemas. 416 more words

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New publication: Sleeping Beauties in Victorian Britain

Artists, scientists and the wider public of the Victorian era all seem to have shared a common interest in the myth of the Briar Rose and its contemporary implications, from the Pre-Raphaelites and late Victorian aesthetes to the fascinated crowds who visited Ellen Sadler, the real-life ‘Sleeping Maid’ who is reported to have slept from 1871 to 1880. 152 more words

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Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci (1503-1517)

In 1503 Francesco de Giocondo makes an order for a portrait of his wife from the greatest painter of the time, Leonardo da Vinci. Giocondo makes this demand to demonstrate his gratitude towards his wife, having blessed him with two healthy male heirs. 452 more words

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Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix (1830)

This woman is known by all. She is Marianne, the embodiment of the French Republic. However our vision of her is completely mistaken. Marianne comes from a painting made in a time where France was not a republic, but a kingdom. 534 more words

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The Life of A Painting: Leonardo da Vinci's St. Jerome in the Wilderness

We take it for granted that paintings should be shown behind glass, watched by security, and protected in museums. However, for centuries a piece of art was just another personal possession.  681 more words

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