Simonetta Vespucci: Venus of the Renaissance

By Asia Leonardi In the church of Florence of San Salvatore Ognissanti, where the secular exponents of her family are exhibited, rests today the beautiful Simonetta Vespucci in her secular sleep. But there was a time when the prodigious beauty was the inspiring muse of major Renaissance artists, such as Piero Cosimo, Verrocchio, Filippo Lippi, … Continue reading “Simonetta Vespucci: Venus of the Renaissance”

Charlotte Salomon, the Painter Killed in Auschwitz between Life and Theater

By Asia Leonardi Charlotte Salomon, a Berlin Jewish artist, was one of the most original and pioneering female painters of the 1900s. Her work “Life? or Theater? ” condenses her artistic career: some eight hundred compositions that trace her artistic life; an innovative style that we could compare to the contemporary graphic novel in which … Continue reading “Charlotte Salomon, the Painter Killed in Auschwitz between Life and Theater”

Van Gogh’s Chair: Omens of Tragedy

By Hazel Anna Rogers I first saw Vincent Van Gogh’s painting ‘Van Gogh’s Chair’ (1888) in secondary school, in the middle of an art class. My art teacher had no particular regard for art history. She found it uninteresting, and it was never a fundamental part of the classes she taught. She was a tiny … Continue reading “Van Gogh’s Chair: Omens of Tragedy”

Activist Art – Art as Protest

by Rosie Lesso Art and politics have a closely intertwined relationship going back millennia. But it is only in the past 100 years that artists have embraced art as a form of political protest, one that can educate, inspire or instigate change. Known as ‘activist art’ or ‘protest art,’ this fusion of art and activism … Continue reading “Activist Art – Art as Protest”

Andrea Liguori, a Wonderful Mind in Berlin

by Asia Leonardi Into the urban traffic of Berlin so many people are walking, with them come ideas from all over the world, sometimes changing the surrounding environment. This is the case of Andrea Liguori, an architect from Palermo who has now lived in Berlin for many years. I had a pleasant chat with Andrea, … Continue reading “Andrea Liguori, a Wonderful Mind in Berlin”