2017/07/22

BENNER

Jean Benner (1836-1906). French painter.

2017/07/21

MELLER

Willy Meller (1887-1974). German sculptor.

MÜLLER

Richard Müller (1874-1954). German painter.

WEBER

Ulrich Weber (1869-1912) (?). German painter.

2017/07/20

LEVASHOV

Igor Levashov (1964-). Russian painter.

BOUCHARDON

Edmé Bouchardon (1698-1762). French sculptor.

BRONZINO

Agnolo di Cosimo aka Bronzino (1503-1572). Italian painter.

Unknown

Unidentified Russian painters.

Unknown

Unidentified painter.

2017/07/19

JUCKOFF

Paul Juckoff (1874-1936). German sculptor.

2017/07/18

GABBRIELLI

Donatello Gabbrielli (1884-1955). Italian sculptor.

NIMPTSCH

Uli Nimptsch (1897-1977). German sculptor.

2017/07/17

WEIN

Albert Wein (1915-1991). American sculptor.

2017/07/16

Greek art

Temple of Dionysus, Delos, III century BC.

Roman art

Bust of Augustus, I century BC.

Roman architecture

Arch of Titus, I century AD.

2017/07/15

Unknown

Unidentified painter.

BOGDANOV-BELSKY

Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky (1868-1945). Russian painter.

2017/07/14

FILIPPOV

Vladimir Filippov (1956-). Russian painter.

2017/07/13

BEITHAN

Emil Beithan (1878-1955). German painter.

2017/07/12

ANDREANI

Aldo Andreani (1887-1971). Italian architect.

2017/07/11

BRAZIL

Same old, same old; by one side of the wall there is a favela and on the other side (just a few meters) a condo with swimming pools on any terrace, but also those living over the border have their own swimming pool! What a balance! People might just believe it. Immorality, injustice, and hypocrisys, these are the wonders of democracy, and the masters remain "untouched".

Architecture

Wai Fung Alex Tsui (?). Architect (?).
I have seen worse, much worse than this, but this one hit me more than others. Monstrous megastructures of geographic dimensions, monumentalism to excess, social and political utopism really insensate to say little. Is this the dwelling of our future? I certainly hope not.

2017/07/10

MASSAGRANDE

Matteo Massagrande (1959-). Italian painter.

2017/07/08

RYZHENKO

Pavel Ryzhenko (1970-2014). Russian painter.

2017/07/07

PRISEKIN

Sergey Prisekin (1958-2015). Russian painter.

2017/07/06

MELLER

Willy Meller (1887-1974). German sculptor.
Before
After
This is what happens to a work of art when it ends in the hands of idiots skillfully controlled by a culture of hatred. This happened at the end of the World War II, when among the promoters there were powerful and doubt personalities like Ilya Ehrenburg. Funny but predictable how the rage of the destroyers unloaded on the genitals of the statues. It happens also in recent times albeit with other modes, it happens even to ignorant tourists that doing a selfie cause irreparable damage to a baroque statue. All this means that art is considered a sort of option, a kind of nice bonus. Usually those who embrace a machine gun do not assess whether the work of art has any value or not, they cannot do, if they have been told to delete any trace of the defeated they do it without any hesitation. But there is more than that.
Plenty of self-employed psychologists, political scientists, sociologists, and of course art historians have dug down deep for trying to justify the mass such exhibition of nudity in a country painted as the champion of intolerance. How could it be tolerated so much homosexual ostentation? This clearly contradicted all the inventions about the so called "pink triangle". The issue has remained unresolved, apart from the same song on the imitation of classical art. Would you be able to conceive nowadays a public building adorned with a bas-relief in which the various figures shamelessly show hanging testicles? Do you think it could be possible? Not even (or perhaps above all) in the  USA (the country of freedom), a country whose pornographic industry is as potent as the weaponry industry and has a planetary diffusion, a country where it is easy to find a reproduction of Leonardo's Vitruvian Man with the carefully obscured genitals!

SAVITSKY

Konstantin Savitsky (1844-1905). Russian painter.

2017/07/05

SHANKOV

Mikhail Shankov (1962-). Russian painter.

2017/07/04

ZHILINSKY

Dmitry Zhilinsky (1927-2015). Russian painter.

2017/07/02

SALMOIRAGHI

Giorgio Salmoiraghi (1936-). Italian painter.

2017/06/30

Neolithic art

Monte d'Accoddi, neolithic platform in Sardinia, 4000 BC, Italy.

2017/06/29

MUCHA

Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939). Czech painter, designer, and illustrator.

2017/06/28

MYASOEDOV

Ivan G. Myasoedov (1881-1953). Russian painter.
Again this interesting and intriguing painter.
I have compared the details (sorry for the very bad quality!) of the Hercules figure of the two Argonauts paintings that I just published (but I know there are other versions) with a beautiful design kept by the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. The position with open arms and thighs spread is exceptional, but the body is not relaxed, just look at the powerful neck straining and the abdominal muscles taut. A painter who knew well the male body and knew how to use it.