Art

Leonardo’s Proposition: The finger of St. John the Baptist

Before approaching John’s audacious gesture, it is worth considering sexuality as a modern addition to human kind vocabulary, as mentioned by Michel Foucault. Although the Renaissance could easily suggest some high libertinism, it is rather depicted as the rebirth of sensuality. As a synonym of carnal desires and pagan temptations, the ancient transparency did not re-appear for the intelligentsia’s sake: Christian […]

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Art

Jean Gabriel Domergue and the invention of the pin-up

“Domergue was born in Bordeaux and studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. In 1911, he was a winner of the Prix de Rome. From the 1920s onward he concentrated on portraits, and claimed to be “the inventor of the pin-up“. He also designed clothes for the couturier Paul Poiret. From 1955 until 1962 […]

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Art

Portraits by Yuri Annenkov

Today, we are going to ponder for a little while on the portraiture art of Yuri Annenkov. Although his style was profoundly rooted in the Constructivist forms of his time, Annenkov managed to create a most personal stylistic interpretation: From painting to graphic arts, from theatre designs to film sets, Annenkov spread himself confidently, adapting his […]

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Art, Daily

Wonderful paintings of people reading

There is nothing (NOTHING) as relaxing as reading. Or if not actually reading, at least the thought of it: Even the sole idea conjures images of lazy afternoons and evenings drifting by with the mellow aroma of tea brewing in the distance. Images that reek of a lonesome luxury, a quiet moment snatched from the hyperreality […]

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Art, Daily, Fashion

William Larkin: Styling in the early 17th Century

If you ever plan to visit the stately grandeur of Kenwood House, in Hampstead Heath, then make sure to spend some time gazing in awe at the Suffolk Collection, a string of 9 paintings by William Larkin. As Wikipedia puts it: “Larkin’s work marks the last stage in a tradition of English portraiture traceable from […]

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Art, Daily, Inspiration

Fashion in the posters of Leonetto Cappiello

Within his oeuvre, Italian poster art designer Leonetto Cappiello often managed to inject a certain degree of fashion to his work: Whether it is a close up of an intriguing frock or a fantastic pattern, it’s not hard to picture his posters comfortably sprawled on a designer mood-board, right at the beginning of a season. […]

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