The extraordinary beauty of the Empress of Austria and fascinating conversations with her while posing admired Franz the Magnificent-artist Winterhalter. And sissy herself, as Elizabeth of Bavaria was called by contemporaries, was considered a mysterious woman with a dramatic fate. Perfect appearance, adored husband, beloved children, wealth, power and-endless melancholy, which she carried in the soul until the fatal finale. Why? Tell.
Elizabeth was born in 1837, December 24, when the country celebrated Christmas. Everyone thought it a good omen, promising a happy newborn life: at first it was. She was the third child of the eight heirs of Duke Maximilian of Bavaria and his wife, Princess Ludovica of Bavaria.
Joseph Karl Stieler. Princess Marie Louis Of Bavaria
Joseph Karl Stieler. Princess Marie Louis of Bavaria, circa 1828
Joseph Karl Stieler. Duke Maximilian Joseph of Bavaria, 1830s Continue reading
Pre-Raphaelites in their works often turned to the theme of the middle Ages and the early Renaissance — artists were attracted by the beautiful subjects of ancient stories and legends, described in them the sublime relationships and exploits of brave knights for the sake of beautiful ladies. But the visual range of their paintings is often closer to” fantasy ” than to the realities of distant times. What on the canvases corresponds to the reality of the past, and what-not, we learned from historical reenactors, showing them the famous paintings of artists.
Reenactor with 11 years of experience. Since 2008 she has been engaged in historical dances, in 2010 she created the Studio of historical costume RoyalTailor. Continue reading
With the light hand of Edward Lear limericks went on his triumphant March around the world, establishing the canons of true English humor. Funny pentameters accompanied the drawings: long-nosed cranks, fat cats, dumbfounded owls … Illustrations were to match the new genre of absurdity. And who would have thought that a serious artist, a virtuoso animalist and master of landscape, “descend” to this? We tell about the remarkable artist who radiated warmth and good nature and managed to fill the world with charming paradoxes.
Edward Lear (1812 — 1888) was born in North London, the son of stockbroker Jeremy Lear and his wife Anne Clark Skerret. At a time when the main occupations of women were home Economics and the birth of children, it was not surprising that the future artist was the 20th child in the family. He was the youngest child to survive in an age without antibiotics or vaccinations. The economic turmoil of the Napoleonic wars led to the collapse of the London stock exchange, which directly affected the welfare of the Lear family. Continue reading