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Old paintings have their charm, but this one by Cristofano dell’Altissimo is more than just beautiful, imposing or appealing. It is all three, and revolutionary as well, because dell’Altissimo belonged to a time when Ethiopians were regarded to be a little different from humans! Moreover, the Ethiopia of then included other neighboring regions, from where western explorers had brought back stark stories and captivating descriptions of their cross-continental friends and foes. Dell’Altissimo’s work centers around the impression people started having about African kings when the world started its drive into “modern history”. The painter’s contemporaries had a beastly impression of African rulers and their subjects because of their way of life in a drastically different climate and geography. Although Europeans had not been there before, […]

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Dora Maar au Chat (Dora Maar with cat) is Pablo Picasso’s one of the most famous and expensive paintings. It represents one of his lovers, Dora Maar who helped him in many other paintings as a model. She is also the only one who documented Picasso’s monumental work Guernica. She is depicted here as posing like a goddess sitting on a throne. She also wears a plumed hat on her head. A little cat, which is almost invisible if the title of the painting doesn’t draw our attention to it, is standing on the right shoulder of the lady. The cat seems to be the only depiction which is close to the natural form of objects. Apparently, Dora Maar, the chair, the wall in background […]

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