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“Night with her Train of Stars, and her Great Gift of Sleep” by Edward Robert Hughes (1912)

The Pre-Raphaelites

Carl Larsson: how a loved and popular painter became lost in controversy

Carl Larsson: how a loved and popular painter became lost in controversy

The Eclectic Light Company

A century ago, in 1915, much of Europe was engaged in one of the greatest and most senseless slaughters in recorded history. Poison gas had been used in the Second Battle of Ypres, and the trenches were filling with corpses. Around half a million troops died on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

Those who could still care about art were being shocked by Cubists such as Picasso, Braque, and Juan Gris, and developments by Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, and Robert Delaunay.

Nordic art

The Nordic countries managed to remain neutral, but British and German naval activity in the Baltic was a reminder that the war was not far away. Nordic culture and politics were developing increasingly independently: in Finland the publication of the Kalevala in 1835-49 inspired Akseli Gallen-Kallela‘s spectacular Aino Triptych (1891), and Finland finally achieved independence from being an autonomous Grand Duchy in the Russian Empire in…

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Landscape Transitions I. Spring in DC.

Oil pastels on carton board

Oil pastels on carton board, 2015

Tiffany Stained Glass

Magical stained glass…

Vase with Red Poppies

Vase with Red Poppies completed by Vincent van Gogh in 1886 Twitter /  Youtube / Bloglovin / Google+ / Instagram /  LinkedIn /  Pinterest / Tumblr

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How to spot Doulton in a crowd!

Another hand-painted rose design from Limoges

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If you like Downton Abbey…

You may also wish to try watching Australian TV series called “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.” I am usually not a huge fan of mysteries (even though in my early teens I would lose regular sleep over stories by Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle), but this one won my heart and after devouring two seasons (thanks to holidays!) I can’t wait for the third one. It is not just a mystery show, it also has romance, gorgeous costumes (oh, those flapper dresses and head pieces!) and Art Nouveau decor, jazz, and a Hispano-Suiza (never heard about it until this show, what a beauty!). But once again, it is not just that. It is about a “modern woman”, lady detective Miss Phryne Fisher (played by beautiful Essie Davis), living in a traditional society of 1920s. The main character also reminds me of a female protagonist in “Easy Virtue” (played by Jessica Biel).

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The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota

The Ringling Museum of Arts is located on the West coast of Florida in the town of Sarasota. I have visited the museum few years ago but haven’t had a chance to share photos from that visit until recently a friend and I had a lively discussion on Pre-Raphaelite artists and their paintings during our break from work. I have mentioned to her that in that trip, I saw two paintings belonging to brushes of Pre-Raphaelite artists and promised to find the photos so both of us can appreciate them; it happened that the museum’s photos had been lost in-between thousands of photographs saved on numerous flashcards, computers, and hard drives (I can get incredibly messy and unorganized with my files sometimes!). I spent the whole evening looking for those photos and finally, when there was no hope anymore, I have found them! And I must share them with you.

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The museum was designed by architect John H. Phillips in 1925 and construction was finished in 1928. The below photos are of the internal yard dividing the museum in two parts.

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Below, are two tapestries by Peter Paul Rubens. They are huge.

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“The Triumph of Divine Love” (1625).

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“The Virgin and Child in Majesty with Saints Quentin and Placidus” by Domenico Puligo (c.1521-1522)

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“La Sultana Rossa” by Titian (1550s)

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Circle of Pieter Coecke van Aeist, Triptych: “Christ Arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane” (left wing), “The Annunciate Virgin” (left wing verso), “The Adoration of the Magi” (center), “Christ Carrying the Cross” (right wing), “The Angel of the Annunciation” (right wing verso) (c.1520)

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“Pausias and Glycera” by Paul Rubens (1612-1615)

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“The Departure of Lot and His Family from Sodom” by Peter Paul Rubens (c.1613-1615).

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“Philip IV, King of Spain” by Diego Velazquez (c.1625-1628)

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“Saint Paul” by El Greco (c.1605).

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“Roman Courtship” by Sir William Ernest Reynolds-Stephens (c.1900).

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The Sirens (Les femmes chasseresses) by Edward Burne-Jones (c.1891-1898)