The Velazquez Prize
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The Velazquez Prize

Velazquez gathers the superlatives of art historians, museum directors and connoisseurs. His history is available widely and shall not be examined here. What I am after is his technique and style of painting. For many years I have painted in the manner of a particular artist in order to understand what his or her art … Continue reading

The lesson
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The lesson

Do you remember your first inspiration? Not a fascination, but a true intoxication that leads to a direction, regardless of logic or absurdity; the beginnings of regret and sorrow or elation and spiritual awakening. These moments or fractured experiences that accumulate on the soul rarely become evident in full consciousness, but instead cruize the inward … Continue reading

Hals and Rembrandt
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Hals and Rembrandt

On July 26, 1581, independence issued forth among the Low Countries and a birth of freedom swept through the lands. The beginning acts of the Eighty Years War began to loosen the hold of Catholic dogmatism and repression. The influence of Philip II of Spain, a devout Catholic, faded and dissipated among the Calvinist Dutch, releasing … Continue reading

Judith and Her Maidservant: a Brief Examination
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Judith and Her Maidservant: a Brief Examination

        Artemisa Gentileschi was born into an artistic family in 1593. Her father, Orazio Gentileschi (1563 – 1639), was an accomplished painter who worked to decorate many major churches in Italy. His influence and training of Artemisia greatly determined her artistic direction. Yet Orazio, a follower of Caravaggio, spread his influence to Artemisia, and … Continue reading

A Clockwork Orange Comparison
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A Clockwork Orange Comparison

Mannerism and A Clockwork Orange Film is unique among the arts. Compared with the lyrical cave paintings of Lascaux or Altamira, film was invented only yesterday, its influences are those entirely of modernity. More significantly, the art of film-making is not the exclusive province of artisans employed by aristocracy, but the domain of artistic republicanism, relying on the … Continue reading