When art was truly revolutionary

by María Magdalena Ziegler  Perhaps there is no better source of political propaganda in the 20th century than the Bolshevik Revolution. The world was captivated by the epic of “a handful of workers” who had taken out of the way one of the most powerful empires on the planet, that of the immense Russia.  Not …

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Freud, Nietzsche & the power of art :::.

by María Magdalena Ziegler  “He who possesses science and art also has religion; but he who possesses neither of the two, let him have religion.” Sigmund Freud (Civilization and its discontents, 1939) uses that well-known saying from Goethe to lead us into the comprehension of the representative roles Science and Art fulfill in the place …

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History Re-Invents Its Discurse: Benjamin West.

by María Magdalena Ziegler  With his masterpiece The Death of General Wolfe, painted in 1770, Benjamin West (1738-1820) disrupted the tradition and caused a great sensation in the Royal Academy. But not all appreciations were possitive. James Wolfe (1727-1759) was a tragic hero. During the Seven Years War, he had defeated the French at the …

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::: Hello, Mr. Turner! :::

Of all British artists, J.M.W. Turner has always mesmerized me. His superb sense of color and his incredible vision of nature has thrown every other artist miles away from perfection. That a movie embraces him is such a joy. Watch the trailer of this magnificent film, directed and written by Mike Leigh, and Timothy Spall …

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A closer look to a Van Gogh self-portrait :::..

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