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VEDUTA

'A veduta (Italian for "view"; plural vedute) is a highly detailed, usually large-scale painting or, more often print, of a cityscape or some other vista. The painters of vedute are referred to as vedutisti.' 'Among the most famous of the vedutisti are four Venetians....
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Budapest Art Competition - We have a Winner!

We proudly present the winning picture by Zita Major (6/a). She proved to be the best of the 6th graders this year at the competition that was held by Fazekas Mihály Gimnázium, Budapest. Congratulations!  
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STILL LIFE - WHAT IS IT?

The first artist of the month in January is Henry Fantin-Latour. He was famous for his still lifes. But what is a still life? Flowers and fruit, 1865 STILL LIFE VOCABULARY  (By the Getty...
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Bernini again - self-portraits

'Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) painted a large number of self-portraits: he holds the record among Italian 17th-century artists, and in Europe is second only to Rembrandt. At the age of twenty, the Neapolitan painter started to study facial expressions by observing the faces of the people around...
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Bernini's genius

"Gian Lorenzo Bernini was said to have been only 8 when he carved a stone head that "was the marvel of everyone" who saw it, according to a contemporary biographer." He was born on 7th December 1598, that is why he is our featured artist this month.  Self Portrair, c 1623 "He was not much...
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A house in Pompeii - a virtual tour

In this video you can see how a rich man's house looked before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius (AD 79) in Pompeii. CLICK ON THE PICTURE.    The inscription translates: 'The House of L. Caecilius Iucundus'  
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'Girls by the Piano' by Renoir

I have been reading homework assignments from last year. The 8th graders did a really good job on writing stories/interpretations about different artworks. This story was inspired by the Impressionist painting 'Girls by the Piano' by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.  Written by Tímea Pentz,...
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FAMOUS PAINTINGS - The Night Watch by Rembrandt

'The Night Watch (1642) by Rembrandt van Rijn is one of the most famous paintings in the world. Rembrandt was the first to depict the figures in a group portrait in action, showing the civic guardsmen taking up their positions in order to march out. His manipulation of light was also...
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Fun Facts about the Color Blue

Blue wins the polls as most popular in America and Europe but when used as a pigment for painting, it is the rarest and most precious shade of all. #1: The Greeks and Romans did not have a word for the color blue, although they used it. #2: The Egyptians invented the first synthetic blue pigment...
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'Classe de danse' by Edgar Degas

I have been reading homework assignments from last year. The 8th graders did a really good job on writing stories/interpretations about different artworks. The first one I have chosen is about an Impressionist painting 'Classe de danse' (The Dancing Class) by Edgar Degas.  Written by Zita...
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