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The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

http://www.pbs.org/empires/medici/

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Raphael’s tapestries unveiled

The Victoria and Albert Museum has unveiled Raphael’s Sistine Chapel tapestries along with their original cartoons for the first time in 500 years.

See the video here.

And the full article here.

Exercises to build the body of a Greek God

The Doryphorus displays the canonic proportions of the male torso established by Polykleitos and it was the model for the Hellenistic and Roman heroic cuirass, a fine example being the Augustus of Prima Porta.

From listverse.com:

Height (78 inches, 198.1)
Neck (19 inches; 48.26)
Biceps (16.5 inches; 41.9)
Chest (52 inches; 36.8cm)
Forearms (14.5 inches; 36.8cm)
Buttocks (47.5 inches; 120.6cm)
Calves (19 inches; 48.26cm)
Waist (40.5 inches; 102.8cm)
Thighs (26.5 inches; 67.3cm)

Read about the exercises here.

Napoleon on His Imperial Throne

Napoleon I on his Imperial Throne
By Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Also see this earlier post: Concise Napoleon Timeline

The Making of a Polychrome Sculpture

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Explore the techniques used to construct and paint Roldana’s Saint Ginés.
See the video here

Also read an interesting article about La Roldana’s Saint Ginés here.

What is a Creativist?

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I found this explanation of what a “Creativist” is and it is the best explanation I have been able to find. I think it sums it up clearly, it defines a spirit that is diminishing in our modern era and I think this diminution is a sign of the decline of mankind in general.

From timothyfalconer.com
A creativist is a human being with a heart-felt need to make things. However this need arises, it drives the creativist to write fiction, paint landscapes, compose symphonies, design computer programs, build sailboats, devise political systems … whatever is imaginable. Creativists use creativity to make things that are altogether new. They hope the fruit of their efforts will have lasting influence, and that their ideas will benefit all people. Creativists want to live on through their work. They’d also like to reap some reward while alive.

Sadly today’s society does not place enough emphasis on ingenuity and evolutionary thought. People are afraid of change. Our social environment rewards what has been successful in the past. Today most creative minds are forced to work within the confines of a consumer culture geared to get the little guy to pay his measly earnings for whatever product attracts attention. The best music, the best writing, the best planning, the best filmmaking, the best graphic design, goes toward the buy and sell of the business world. Art for art’s sake is left to the wealthy, the funded elite, the universities, the dedicated poor, and the many part-time creativists who must keep “real jobs” in order to survive.

Read the rest of the article here.

15 Must-See Endangered Cultural Treasures

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From the smithsonianmag.com article: 

Some of the world’s most precious historic and artistic sites can be visited today—but might be gone tomorrow

Smithsonian spotlights 15 must-see endangered cultural sites, ranging from 20,000-year-old rock carvings in Australia to 20th-century Art Deco buildings along U.S. Route 66. Each testifies to our urge to build and create; each reminds us of how much we stand to lose.

Fenestrelle Fortress, Italy

The Hill of Tara, Ireland

Historic Route 66, U.S.A.

Centennial Baptist Church, U.S.A.

Famagusta Walled City, Cyprus

And more… 

Read the article here.


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