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The Mona Lisa is Missing….!

The Mona Lisa is Missing….!

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (ca. 1503-1505) On August 21, 1911 during intensive repair and renovation work the Louvre Museum realized that Leonardo Da Vinci’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, was stolen. I guess, the Mona Lisa must be the most famous painting in the world. The painting’s title Mona Lisa stems from a description by Giorgio Vasari, who wrote biographies of famous contemporary Renaissance men: “Leonardo undertook to…
Victorian Poetry with Alfred Lord Tennyson

Victorian Poetry with Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson(1809 – 1892) On August 6, 1809, one of the most important English poets of the Victorian era was born, Alfred Lord Tennyson. The works of Alfred Lord Tennyson are best known for their close affinity with the English mythology and English history, they influenced the movement of the 19th century’s Victorian Art as well as the Arts and Crafts Movement, which was to join art and handcraft…
Mozart Got Married

Mozart Got Married

Constanze Mozart, wife of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at 78 years of age, pictured front left in black 2 years before her death (1840) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the finest composers the world has ever known, had two great loves in his life: the first was music; and the second one was Constanze Weber, whom he married in Vienna on August 4, 1782. She was 20, he was 26. It was in…
Rocking the Baroque – Johann Sebastian Bach

Rocking the Baroque – Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (aged 61) in a portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann (1746) On this day in 1750 one of the most important and productive composers of the Baroque period, Johann Sebastian Bach died. Bach’s abilities as an organist were highly respected throughout Europe during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest and performances of his music in the first…
There is no blue without yellow and without orange – Vincent van Gogh

There is no blue without yellow and without orange – Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh: Self Portrait with Straw Hat(1887/88) On this day in 1890 the famous Dutch post-impressionist painter and modernist forerunner Vincent van Gogh shot himself and passed away two days later. Vincent van Gogh decided to become a painter, when he was 27 years old after several unsuccessful attempts to start a career as a merchant and priest. Besides the few drawing lessons in art-class during his time at the…
Fin de Siècle at its best – The Paris Métro

Fin de Siècle at its best – The Paris Métro

A Paris Métro Sign©Fabio Venni / cc-by-sa Version 2.0 On July 19 1900, Paris, cultural center of the Belle Époche, opened its Métro. The Paris Métro stations with their Fin de Siècle charme and Art Nouveau design have become a timeless icon of the city. Main achievements of the Exposition Universelle in 1900 were the introduction of escalators, talking films, the famous Eiffel Tower, and Ferris wheels. Rudolf Diesel exhibited…
Audacity and Singularity in Design – Antoni Gaudi

Audacity and Singularity in Design – Antoni Gaudi

La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, designed by Antoni Gaudi If you are going to Barcelona, Spain, it is rather unlikely that you will leave without having visited one of the fascinating architectural creations of famous architect and designer Antoni Gaudí, the frontfigure of the so-called Catalan Modernism (Modernista), who was born on June 25, 1852. Architecture, nature, religion, and the love to his home country Catalonia were the driving forces of Gaudí‘s work.…
‘Art is the Daughter of Freedom’ – Friedrich Schiller

‘Art is the Daughter of Freedom’ – Friedrich Schiller

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (1759 -1805) On May 9, 1805, the German poet, philosopher, and historian Friedrich Schiller passed away. As a representative of the Weimar Classicism and the ‘Sturm und Drang‘ (Storm and Drive) movement, Schiller published some of the most influential works of the time. The young Friedrich Schiller was enthusiastic to become a cleric, which was also the request by his parents. He studied Latin and…
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