Category: Art

Faces, Tales, Human Rights

Faces, Tales, Human Rights

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Multilingualism Is a Humanism

Bruegel, La Tour de Babel / wikipedia   As Umberto Eco once said, “the language of Europe is translation”. In an essay that strikes a political chord, François Ost rises up in defence of the diversity and invincibility of languages. Translation first takes place within an individual language and must free itself from the myth …

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Beautiful African music (Desert Blues) 2 of 2

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Beautiful African music (Desert Blues) 1 of 2

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Claude Debussy, an intriguing French composer of the modern era

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) was a French Impressionist composer and critic. His major works included Clair de lune (Moonlight, in Suite bergamasque, 1890-1905), Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, 1894), the opera Pelleas et Melisande (1902), La Mer (1905; The Sea), and song settings of poems by Verlaine and Baudelaire. …

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15 (Long) Minutes With ‘The Last Supper’

By Michael Kimmelman Published: July 13, 2011 MILAN — The setting can seem a lot like quarantine. The entrance, through several holding pens and sets of automatic doors, leads to an enormous, vaulted, semiprivate room, the patient stretched out to the right. A bedside crowd coos appropriately. Occasionally I have joined that crowd, before Leonardo …

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Old Patina Encircles Fresh Art in Venice

VENICE — “Illuminations,” the title of the main exhibition at the 54th Venice Biennale here, is meant to evoke the notion of artists as a source of enlightenment. But that does not necessarily mean new, cutting-edge artists. Much of this Biennale is more subdued and less experimental than in years past, more of a nostalgic …

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Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica

Brief Description   The site consists of two separate elements, containing outstanding vestiges dating back to Greek and Roman times: The Necropolis of Pantalica contains over 5,000 tombs cut into the rock near open stone quarries, most of them dating from the 13th to 7th centuries BC. Vestiges of the Byzantine era also remain in …

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Can Lady with an Ermine really take down Mona Lisa in the battle of the Leonardo blockbusters?

Prize fight … Lady with an Ermine.   Forget the Olympics and tuition fee demos. If reports are to be believed, the National Gallery’s Leonardo exhibition is going to generate the sort of collective mania that will take riot police and water cannons to contain. Remember Monet at the Royal Academy a few years back? …

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The secret art of Beryl Bainbridge

  Beryl Bainbridge at her home with one of her paintings. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/Rex Features   Beryl Bainbridge‘s daughter, Jojo Davies, is lifting one painting after another outside into her back garden so they can be photographed in a clear light. The paintings are by her mother. Beryl Bainbridge died of cancer on 2 July …

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