Spanish painter and illustrator. He studied at the Real Academia de S Fernando, Madrid, under Juan Antonio Ribera y Fernández and José de Madrazo y Agudo. He worked independently of court circles and achieved some fame but nevertheless died in such poverty that his burial was paid for by friends. He is often described as the last of the followers of Goya, in whose Caprichos and drawings he found inspiration for the genre scenes for which he became best known. Of these scenes of everyday life and customs the more interesting include The Beating (Madrid, Casón Buen Retiro) and Galician with Puppets (c. 1835; Madrid, Casón Buen Retiro). Alenza y Nieto’s numerous drawings include the illustrations for Alain-René Lesage’s Gil Blas (Madrid, 1840), for an […]

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Red Head is Rhoda Yanow’s pastel-on-paper masterpiece. The work is one among many of his illustrations on Americans and their way of life. Since many of Yanow’s works represent the common masses we can never miss seeing every day, they probably have stories talking about similar things. However, Red Head caught my attention, because it is an ingenious ‘objectification of a woman’, although not so much as it is an objectification of American life. These subtleties are important for me when I look at a painting and try to put a value on it. The pastel work has a lilting note to it, and I would personally have it hung in a partially obstructed wall, but which has a specially bright light. Given the regular […]

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Paintings in ink are usually greyish, morose and best used for wintry still life depictions of landscapes and principalities. Portraits are also one of the frequently implemented styles when it comes to the use of ink on paper or an easily absorbing material. Material cost is low as well, and the entire produce of an ink artist is usually brisk. However, that is never the case when one uses ink for depicting something as important as the Triumph of Poverty. Lucas Vorsterman was a man of will-power, elegance and a persevering nature when it came to showing the world that art is a little more than being all about beauty. His style exceeded the apparently modest periphery of ink painting. His times were all about […]

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Sir Edward Burne-Jones was a man of accomplishment, but stuck to his style in an era when prices of materials kept sliding downwards and machinery was becoming available for everyone. He kept contributing in the fashion he delivered best – painting. Burne-Jones’ has also contributed to his popularity through stained and painted glass, drawings, decorative arts and theatre. Burne Jones took the time and effort to paint a story that arguably has a lot to do with the contemporary emotions. King Cophetua is a wealthy man – although he lived in a time about which little is known. But there is a lot to know from his love for the ‘beggar woman’, a character we have occurring on the streets of England quite frequently in […]

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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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Padua has a very significant place in the scriptures for Jews and Christians. It has also been one of the places related heavily with Biblical stories. Padua is also known to have been a symbolic play in many of Shakespeare’s plays. Although I have been fascinated by the frescoes in the Vatican, Padua remains a place I shall never forget because of its Basilica d’San Antonio. Excellence exemplified! It happens so many times to you – that you miss the bigger diamond while looking for the more hyped one. This fresco of Crucifixion gave me goose bumps, and it still does when I remember the depth – even while looking at it later through the internet. It is a story here, and in fact, I […]

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Womanly love, simple affections and childlike adoration are probably more endured than expected perhaps. However, Sims has gone all the way to imagine himself in this position and paint it for hours. The beautiful blue of the sheath is something men usually like around their women, bedroom and beds. Be it curtains, lighting drapes, bedsheets, a woman’s clothing drape or any such swishing element is always a place to dig. Back to the painting – Digging in your head, or snuggling into your favorite smell are all feelings and words you can never think of someone having propped up into a vivid painting – but that is exactly what Sims has done! The thistle in the foreground, almost buried in the subtlety of Sims’ colors […]

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Among contemporary artists, Tenaya Sims is perhaps the most legible with his work in my opinion. His subjects are often dark, but every detail in his paintings is remarkably prominent. They have the tendency of leaving you in contemplation, much like Sherlock Holmes. “The Alchemist” is an oil-on-canvas from Sims, who has probably shown himself in it. Charming and smiling in real life, Sims has made his man, only physically, a splitting resemblance of himself. Speaking of alchemy, many do believe that today’s quacks are tomorrow’s scientists! Tenaya Sims is a modern man, unlike those tragic lives who painted their last works with their own blood. Sims has been an industrial figure as well. With prominent contributions in sculpture, painting and drawings, Sims has a […]

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