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  • Caravaggio And Fra Filippo Lippi
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    Much of the art of the Renaissance was extremely religious in its nature. The paintings from this time are almost entirely scenes from the Bible including: the enunciation of the Virgin Mary, depictions of the infant Jesus Christ, the crucifixion of Christ, and numerous other examples of Christian iconography. One would imagine that virtuous, upstanding artists would have created such angelic works of art. The stunning displays of morality, as seen in the works of many Renaissance painters, are ...
  • Miriam Schapiro's Artistic Life
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    "Sources of her art were inseparable from her history and from the historical times in which she lived. Hence the politics of biography One's art is, after all, oneself " This statement by Frida Kahlo is an accurate reflection of the artistic life, led by American artist Miriam Schapiro. Her work was based around her life, and the inspiration needed to source her production was extracted directly from the era in which she existed, and the effect it had upon her as a person and an artist. Living ...
  • Mann's Novella Death In Venice
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    To have an understanding of the use of disease as a metaphor in Thomas Mann's novella Death In Venice, it is useful to understand the concept of disease itself. According to Webster's Dictionary, 1913 edition, disease is defined as the "lack of ease; uneasiness; trouble; vexation; disquiet". These words do embody the struggles of the great author, and main character of the novella, Gustav Aschenbach, but it is the description of disease as "an alteration in the state of the body or of some of it...
  • Monarchs And Miss Churm And Oronte
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    One of the characteristics of Realism, in American literature at least, is the ironic use of perceptions of "appearance" vs. "reality". With this in mind, Henry James's "The Real Thing" and "The Beast in the Jungle" are two works wherein such characteristics can be shown to operate as James employs cleverly woven twists of "appearance" and "reality" in each of the plots. In James's "The Real Thing", the plot is centered on an unnamed artist and his interactions with two sets of models: the Monar...
  • Every Moment Of His Life
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    All art is quite useless If people were labeled with just one word to represent them, to sum up their many chapters of life, one word to define them completely, then the label you'd least come across would be that of artist. Seldom does one come to this earth with the natural ability, the gift to see the world as a painting, freshly finished on his canvas. The power to be forever praised on the walls of aging art museums. And the shear courage to go through life as an anomaly, a rare breed that ...
  • Jewels And Flowers
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    Vanitas Vanitas, found in many recent pieces, is a style of painting begun in the 17th Century by Dutch artists. Artists involved in this movement include Pieter Claes z, Domenico Fett i and Bernardo Strozzi. Using still-life as their milieu, those artists and others like them provide the viewer with ideas regarding the brevity of life. The artists are giving us a taste of the swiftness with which life can fade and death overtakes us all. Some late 20th Century examples were shown recently at th...
  • Known Professional Hunger Artist
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    'y"U"u Synopsis Kafka's short "A Hunger Artist" tells the story of a once well known professional hunger artist. During the time before "the interest in professional fasting [had] markedly diminished", the hunger artist was a great source of excitement for people. Kafka describes the way people once used to gather around the hunger artist's cage and watch him as "he sat there pallid in black tights, with his ribs sticking out so prominently, not even on a seat but down among straw on the ground,...
  • Georgia O'keeffe
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    Georgia O'Keeffe was born on November 15, 1887. She was the second of seven children. Georgia didn't grow up with just her mom and dad; her aunt mostly raised her. Georgia did not care much for her aunt though; she once referred to her as, "the headache of my life". She did although have some respect for her aunt and her strict and self disciplines way of life. Georgia grew up spoiled; she did very little around the house and always wanted things her way. At a young age Georgia began taking priv...
  • Economist's Point Of View A Beggar
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    An old, sick beggar. A sight that brings out the pity in almost any human being. How can it not? A beggar who does not have enough food to eat, no shelter against the rain clothes that are not warm enough. All these things are enough to drive someone crazy. Picture this: you have at least one warm meal every day, you have clothes that can keep you warm in any winter, you have a home to go every night. A beggar has none of these. Imagine you being deprived of even the simplest of your possessions...

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