ESSAYS

The “Antichrist of painting”

Three days on Gozo have made me ready for a date with no one else but Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610). Tomorrow, if everything goes according to the plan, I will with my own eyes behold his ‘Beheading of St John the Baptist’, which he painted while settled on Malta. To Malta he…

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The Enigma of Absurdity

A splendid gentleman, wearing a black cylinder hat and through a monocle pretentiously beholding a floating butterfly has, since his debut on the cover on February 21, 1925, become an inherent part of the New Yorker – it is the brand as such. The intricate male figure was created by the magazine’ s first art…

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Depersonalization with Euphoric Touch by Gnoli

Fashion is a manifestation of a visible result achieved by means of an invisible process. It is about ephemeral nature of objects and details, meanwhile art is about eternalising such ephemerality. Domenico Gnoli (1933-1970), a Rome-born-artist, a son of an art historian and an artist, was one, who combined those two phenomena. He both created…

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A “Patriotic” Burglary of Mona Lisa

In 1911 the masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci Mona Lisa, which once, soon after the French Revolution, hanged in Napoleon’s bedroom, was stolen from the Louvre: the enigmatic and slightly arrogant smile disappeared. The burglary caused a colossal stir and ample dismay. The French newspaper Le Matin offered “a reward of 5, 000 francs to any…

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Fashionable Fashion

When has fashion become fashion in the exhibiting world, conveying a message of creativity, sustainability or consumerism? There are many different spheres which can be accentuated and illustrated by means of fashion. There were quite a few international exhibitions staged from the middle of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth, where fashion…

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Lips We Might Never Forget

The lips – labia oris (Lat.) – is the most visible part of our face and body. Lips are also considered to be the sexiest part of the body, as they are often interpreted as a symbol for the vulva, a woman’s secondary sexual organ. First breath, first word and first kiss are coming out…

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Fashion Crisis In Politics or Political Crisis in Fashion?

Politics is a matter exercised on a wide range of social levels, so is fashion, which constitutes a part of and reflects each country’s political atmosphere. What is going on in the USA today is a clear proof of it. The open letter of Sophie Theallet has suddenly created an inconvenient situation, which makes many…

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Intellectual Art of Fashion

Fashion today is not merely about latest trends and skinny models. Its physiognomy has changed by becoming more and more intellectual, where such issues as sustainability and consumerism are in focus. Understanding of the system behind the phenomenon of fashion has all of a sudden become a part of general knowledge and common sense. It…

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Magic of Tidying Up

Since I let my creative side pull up the curtain and appear on the stage of my life, dealing with the question of organizing the space of my apartment became an issue. To discard is a problem that does not concern clothes in particular but also my daughter’s toys and drawings from previous years. Furthermore, I collect fashion magazines…

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