Beethovenโ€™s portrait ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽถ

One of the gteatest composers was cearly missing in my list featured here so I’m bridging the gap with few notes on Ludwig van Beethoven, quintessential romantic musician. Born in Bonn, Germany in a family of musicians in 1770 and showing genial musical talent as a pianist from an early age, being taught by his father. After some initial work at the court of the … Continue reading Beethovenโ€™s portrait ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽถ

Turnerโ€™s Self-portrait ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Self-portrait, oil painting by JMW Turner, 1799, exhibited at Tate Britain – At the beginning of his artistic career a young Turner painted this romantic self-portrait. Probably prepared to mark his election as an associate of the Royal Academy, this portrait showcases already a very skilled and talented artist, despite his young age. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Autoritratto, dipinto ad olio di JMW Turner, 1799, esposto alla … Continue reading Turnerโ€™s Self-portrait ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Still Life, by Paul Gauguin ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿงบ๐Ÿ–Œ

Marking the 171th anniversary of Paul Gauguin, born on 7th June 1848 Still Life with Moss Roses in a Basket, oil painting by Paul Gauguin, 1886, exhibited temporarily at Palazzo Reale in Milan, normally exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art – This delicate floral composition is still influenced by impressionist paintings and was painted by Gauguin following a difficult visit to his wife’s family … Continue reading Still Life, by Paul Gauguin ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿงบ๐Ÿ–Œ

Starry Night Over the Rhรดne, by Van Gogh ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–ผ

Starry Night Over the Rhรดne, oil pianting by Vincent Van Gogh, September 1888, owned by the Musรฉe d’Orsay in Paris, temporarily exhibited at Tate Britain in London for the exhibition Van Gogh and Britain. The theme of the starry night, which features in various paintings by Van Gogh, was also the inspiration for a lovely song by Don McLean back in the ’70s. Visual Art Continue reading Starry Night Over the Rhรดne, by Van Gogh ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–ผ

My favourite composers ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽถ

Frรฉdรฉrick Chopin There are many composers I like best, among them Mozart, Vivaldi and Debussy, but Chopin is by far the musician I feel closer to, for musical sensibility and artistic expression. I loved studying and playing his compositions and I enjoy listening to my collection of his creations, interpreted by many great pianists, from Martha Argerich to Arthur Rubinstein, from Maurizio Pollini to Ivo Pogorelich. … Continue reading My favourite composers ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽถ

Nataraja, by Riley ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ”ถ๐Ÿ”ท

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งNataraja – oil painting on canvas by Bridget Riley, 1993, Tate Modern, London. Inspired by a trip to India and the colourfulness of popular artworks there. The title refers to the Hindu god Shiva, as Lord of the Dance, with his many arms, rendered on canvas with contrasting colours and geometrical and dynamic shapes, typical of optical art. ย  Pick the colours you love best! … Continue reading Nataraja, by Riley ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ”ถ๐Ÿ”ท

Claude Monet ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ–Œ

Born on 14 November 1840 in Paris and baptised as Oscar-Claude, although his family called him just Oscar and later in life he will be known as Claude. In 1845 the family moved from Paris to Le Havre in Normandy, where he then enrolled into a school of arts and met fellow painter Eugene Boudin, who introduced him to “en plain air” painting. This approach … Continue reading Claude Monet ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ–Œ

National Gallery, London ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽจ

Easily one of the best collections in the world of paintings of all times, accessible to everybody free ofย charge seven days a week. The collection of the National Gallery in London was started at the beginning of the 19th century thanks to some large bequests of paintings donated to the country on the condition a suitableย accommodation was provided for the exhibition and the conservation of … Continue reading National Gallery, London ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽจ

Femmes de Tahiti, by Gauguin ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ›ฑ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ซ

ย  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย On the 106th anniversary of Paul Gauguin’s death in 1903. Femmes de Tahiti – Tahitian Women on the Beach, oil painting by Paul Gauguin, 1891, Musรฉe d’Orsay, Paris. This painting belongs to the early period Gauguin spent in Tahiti, where he wanted “to live there in ecstasy, calm and art.” The painter moved in 1891 to the South Pacific from Paris, escaping the “European … Continue reading Femmes de Tahiti, by Gauguin ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ›ฑ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ซ

Norham Castle, by Turner ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย Norham Castle, Sunrise, oil painting by JMW Turner 1845, Tate Britain, London – This artwork is part of a series of late unfinished paintings that Turner kept in his studio and were bequeathed to the nation upon his death. Although these artworks may seem sketchy and “impressionistic” they represent a trial run by Turner to explore different studies on light and colour and their marketability. … Continue reading Norham Castle, by Turner ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ