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Changing Stories: Ovid's Metamorphoses on canvas, 5 - Phaëthon, the Heliades, Cycnus

The myth of Phaëthon is one of the longest stories in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Cunningly, it is introduced in the last lines of Book 1, but told in full at the start of Book 2. 1,496 more words

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Carolus-Duran: Portraits and pupils 2

By the mid 1870s, Carolus-Duran had established himself as a portrait painter in Paris, and in 1874-75 had his first solo show at the Cercle des Mirlitons. 1,086 more words

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Fire, surgery, and surrogate pregnancy: an unpaintable story?

Many classical myths must have seemed far-fetched even to the ancient Greeks and Romans. There is none so extraordinary as that told by Ovid in his… 1,989 more words

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Seeing Homer

Rubens’ The Death of Hector is a scene from the Iliad replete with un-Homeric details. The armour and red cloaks recall Roman soldiers. Putti are common in Renaissance paintings but not in ancient Greek representations of the Trojan war. 989 more words

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Long-lost Rubens sells in New York

The market for Old Masters continues to impress, with Sotheby’s 25 January sale of drawings, paintings and sculpture netting a total of $31.8m.

Highlight of the sale was a newly discovered work by Sir Peter Paul Rubens. 208 more words

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Antuérpia - A cidade dos diamantes e das pinturas de Rubens

Antuérpia é uma cidade belga, de cerca de 500mil habitantes, a segunda maior da Bélgica, depois de Bruxelas, conhecida internacionalmente pelo comércio de diamantes, sendo um dos principais pontos de comercialização a lapidação das pedras, além de abrigar um dos maiores portos da Europa, banhado pelo Rio Escalda. 805 more words