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St. Martin’s Day

November 11, 2013 | By |

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November 11 is the feast day of St. Martin of Tours: St. Martin’s Day, also known as the Feast of St. MartinMartin le Miséricordieux or Martinmas. St. Martin was known as friend of the children and patron of the poor. This holiday originated in France, then spread to Germany, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe. It celebrates the end of the agrarian year, the beginning of the harvesting and the time when newly produced wine is ready for drinking. It marks the end of winter preparations, including the butchering of animals.

St. Martin of Tours was a Roman soldier, who was baptized and became a monk. It is understood that he was a kind man who led a quiet and simple life. The most famous legend of his life is that he once cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the beggar from dying of the cold.

From the late 4th century to the late Middle Ages, much of Europe, engaged in a period of fasting beginning on the day after St. Martin’s Day. This fast period lasted 40 days. At St. Martin’s eve, people ate and drank very heartily for a last time before they started to fast. This period of fasting was later shortened and called “Advent” by the Church.

In some countries, Martinmas celebrations begin at the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of this eleventh day of the eleventh month. In others, the festivities commence on St. Martin’s Eve. Bonfires are built, and children carry lanterns in the streets after dark, singing songs for which they are rewarded with candy.

St. Martin’s Feast is much like the American Thanksgiving: a celebration of the earth’s bounty. Because it comes before the penitential season of Advent, it is seen as a mini “carnivale”, with all the feasting and bonfires. In the Netherlands the feast is known as Sint Maarten.

08 Nov

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Tamarind Techniques

November 8, 2013 | By |

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Founded in 1960, Tamarind Institute has had a major influence on printmaking in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Its mission – to shepherd lithography from obscurity to the vital role it plays in art-making today – has been accomplished with great success. This ambitious book offers complete, illustrated, step-by-step instructions for the range of fine art lithography techniques practiced today; information about all materials and techniques described; and full-colour plates of more than forty years’ worth of lithographs created at Tamarind by renowned artists and printers.

This much-needed new book provides current and detailed information about all traditional materials and techniques as well as those that have been developed since the early 1970s (there are many). Destined to be a classic for every printmaker at work today, it promises to be the definitive guide for anyone interested fine art lithography.

Tamarind Institute of Lithography 

07 Nov

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Henri Fatin-Latour Solo Exhibition

November 7, 2013 | By |

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For the first time the works of French painter Henri Fatin – Latour can be seen in the Netherlands. The works are exhibited in Museum Gouda from October 26, 2013 to March 30, 2014. Fantin – Latour had a unique velvety and warm style of painting. Where contemporaries were working in the style of realism, symbolism or impressionism, his work cannot be determinded by any ‘ism. He painted still lifes, portraits and dreamy scenes and is best known for his flower paintings and group portraits of Parisian artists and writers. Music composers such as Schumann, Berlioz and Wagner inspired his dreamy work. When Fantin – Latour died in 1904, he had a wide circle of admirers. Due to its versatility, a solo exhibition Fantin – Latour provides a rich and diverse picture. The works come from twenty international museums, such as Musée d’ Orsay in Paris, and from private collections.

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Portrait of Sonia, National Gallery of Art 

01 Nov

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Catholic Bling

November 1, 2013 | By |

Rome welcomes ‘The Treasures of Naples’, a collection of gold and jewel encrusted artefacts that are worth probably more than the Crown Jewels, an exhibition open to the public from 30th October 2013, until February 16th 2014 at the Museo di San Gennaro.

The tributes were once owned by popes and kings, and are considered to be some of the most precious pieces of religious art in the world. Up until now the collection has been kept in a vault at a Naples Cathedral but for the first time ever the pieces have travelled outside the region for the exhibition.

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