Zurbarán’s Veil of Veronica
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Zurbarán’s Veil of Veronica

To follow on last week’s post regarding Iberia and its religious art during and after the Counter-Reformation, let us consider mysticism in paintings, by taking a look at Zurbarán’s Veil of Veronica. Since 1957, the National Museum of Stockholm, Sweden, has held in its collection the oil painting by Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbarán, earlier … Continue reading

The Catholic Reformation and El Greco’s Christ Carrying the Cross
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The Catholic Reformation and El Greco’s Christ Carrying the Cross

A short piece on what was happening in the Iberian peninsula during the Counter-Reformation with regards to art, with a small case study. El Greco, “the Greek”, of real name Doménikos Theotokópoulos, was born in Candia, Crete (back then belonging to Republic of Venice) in 1541. He was first formed as an icon painter in Byzantine … Continue reading

The François Vase
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The François Vase

A real masterpiece of ancient pottery and prime epitome of black figure painting, the François Vase can be considered a landmark in the study of Greek pottery as it marks a turning point in the art’s development, constituting a great advance in Athenian pottery and painting styles. This documented descriptive commentary of the François Vase … Continue reading

Hans Arp’s Chance Collages
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Hans Arp’s Chance Collages

Jean Arp is a main figure of European Dada, and a pioneer of abstraction and modern art, which started with his incorporation of chance into the principles of artistic creation. A pluri-disciplinary artist, his oeuvre spans over drawing, painting, wood reliefs and sculpture, as well as poetry. Today’s focus is however solely on Arp’s very … Continue reading