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From Volume to Surface: A Tale of Two Portraits

“Woman with a Hat” (1905) by Matisse and “Portrait of Misia Sert with Lap Dog” (1907) by Renoir depict two similar subjects but are remarkably different from each other. If one did not know the execution dates, it might be assumed that Renoir’s work predates Matisse’s by a few decades. However, this is not the …

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The Theatricality of Caravaggio

Like the Cathedra Petri (“Throne of Saint Peter“) by Bernini, which illuminates with opulence and glory a humble chair believed to have been used by the Prince of the Apostles, so does the light of God’s presence burst into a humble Roman tavern in Caravaggio’s “The Calling of Saint Matthew.” While Bernini’s light is richer …

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Michelangelo and Holbein

From the Laocoön to the Last Judgment: Unveiling Renaissance Mastery Perhaps nothing, like the discovery of the Laocoön statue in Rome in 1506, helps us understand the art of the Renaissance, especially the Italian Renaissance. As is known, Michelangelo Buonarroti himself was present at the finding of the statue. Leaving aside the meaning of the …

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The Universal Language of Fables

A Journey from Ancient Tales to Modern Interpretations.From Kalīla wa Dimna to La Fontaine There is a literary genre capable of transcending the linguistic barrier inherent in the art of literature: the fable, a literary genre belonging to the cultures of all times and languages. It’s significant, moreover, that the main characters in these tales …

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The Mosul Cultural Museum

The Mosul Cultural Museum An international partnership for the reopening of one of the most important Iraqi museums “Modernism alone, without taking into account regional and cultural distinctions, cannot make for successful practice. The philosophy underlying modern architecture is distinctly Western and derived from Greek and Roman sources. While Western art and architecture, in all …

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The antique origin of islamic ewers

Islam is a culture that has given and continues to give great importance to tradition. Not only religious rites but also the objects in use today have their roots deep in history. A clear testimony to this is the ewer below that, besides being made at the beginning of the 20th century in the ancient …

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Fresco Painting in Contemporary Context: Chafa Ghaddar’s ‘Breathing Grounds’ at ‘In Real Time’ Exhibition

reading time: 4 mins. One of the current standout exhibitions in Abu Dhabi is In Real Time at the NYUAD Art Gallery, curated by Maya Allison and Duygu Demir (who curated the work of Gözde İlkin). This is an exhibition not only to attend, but above all to visit again and again, since it is …

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The Essence of Dadaism: Beyond Definition and Traditional Notions of Art

There is nothing further from Dadaism than attempting to define what Dada is. Dada is something akin to Negative Philosophy: It’s easier to say what things are not rather than what they are. Dada certainly is not art, at least not as it was known and experienced until the early 19th century. Marcel Duchamp‘s Fountain …

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Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) - Composition No. III, with Red, Blue, Yellow, and Black, 1929

How to evaluate a work of art?

The Mondrian case Those who work in the art market have quite often heard the question: “How to evaluate a work of art?” Or perhaps, the question that is asked more frequently: “How can a painting with few lines and few colours be worth millions of dollars?” This is indeed a million-dollar question! It is not possible to …

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