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Self-Portrait with Two Circles by Rembrandt (1659-1660)

If the aim of self-portraiture is defined as the production of a painting displaying  perfect likeness to one’s physical self, Rembrandt van Rijn was a master of this medium for much of his artistic life. 414 more words

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Liotardiana

Here are miscellaneous trivia about Litoard that I’ve come across in the last few weeks. Some points are clarifications of matters that are discussed in the wonderful Roethlisberger & Loche catalogue raisonné (of which I can only say that my admiration increases every time I consult it – a comment I couldn’t really include in my… 1,294 more words

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Ode to my First Painting

A couple of weeks ago, I unpacked a box from my attic and there I found it: my very first painting. My first painting that I spent a week of my ninth grade 2-D Design class preparing for. 345 more words

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William Blake’s Illuminated Songs: Something between a Thing and a Thought

William Blake (1757–1827) has truly been a remarkable phenomenon in the history of Western art and literature. Equally gifted as a poet, painter and a printer, in all, he produced some 1400 designs or engravings for other masters’ books; more than a 1000 prints, watercolours, and tempera pictures on biblical, literary, and historical subjects for his patrons; and almost 400 plates for his own books in a verbal-visual medium he invented himself, which he called ‘illuminated printing’. 5,968 more words

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Reinventing the Book | Case Study: Irma Boom

If electronic media is a practical tool for conveying information, books are information sculpture. From now on, books will be judged by how well they awake this materiality, because the decision to create a book at all would be based on a definite choice of paper as a medium. 2,666 more words

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Classical Movies in Ottoman Miniature Style

Some time ago I stumbled upon a really talented designer who was playing around with contemporary Ottoman-style miniatures. I got so excited about his work, so I emailed him right away and asked for an interview. 252 more words

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Safavid Tales

Today I discovered via the TwistedSifter that the Met uploaded 408.500 high resolution images to their already amazing web site. Seriously! With 408.500 images to choose from, where should I start? 600 more words

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