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Great Art Explained: Rodin

Credit: The Thinker in The Gates of Hell at the Musée Rodin; via Wikipedia under CC BY 2.0

The Thinker

Arguably, the most famous modern sculpture. Most of us have seen it, even though unintentionally. It was part of a multitude of modern art exhibitions, movies, research, art albums, and even advertisements. It is undoubtedly the most popular sculpture made by Rodin. Moreover, The Thinker has the aura of captivating history behind it. From the time it was conceived up to the moment of its well-known parameters and title, it underwent hundreds of transformations. In fact, it was first a part of a large group of figures on the most monumental work made by Rodin – The Gates of Hell. The main figure, at this time, titled The Poet, was a representation of Dante Alighieri. Later on, Rodin began to examine and elaborate its shape in many slightly different designs until the moment when the figure started life on its own. The Thinker has tens of originals around the world, which put forward the question of authenticity.
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What does the poet say

Credit: A memorial stone for English poet Philip Larkin is laid in Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey on November 30, 2016 in London, United Kingdom; Gettyimages

Philip Larkin

"Philip Larkin achieved acclaim on the strength of an extremely small body of work—just over one hundred pages of poetry in four slender volumes that appeared at almost decade-long intervals. These collections, especially The Less Deceived (1955), The Whitsun Weddings (1964), and High Windows (1974), present "a poetry from which even people who distrust poetry, most people, can take comfort and delight," according to X.J. Kennedy in the New Criterion. Larkin employed the traditional tools of poetry—rhyme, stanza, and meter—to explore the often uncomfortable or terrifying experiences thrust upon common people in the modern age."

Source: poetryfoundation.org

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The most talented artist of all times

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The Genius of Michelangelo

Classical western art, as we perceive it today, owns its grandiose impact on European culture mainly because of two great epochs – the ancient Greece antiquity and the Italian Renaissance. Of course, meanwhile, the nature of art was a subject of an infinite amount of transformations and metamorphosis, but the idea of Art as the peak of human genius and highest ideal was the fundamental achievement of these two periods. Human imagination thrived with great enthusiasm, devotion, and unlimited possibilities! Humanitarian concepts raised the understanding of human beings as the wreath of Nature, and the greatest goal – the pursuit after the perfection of both knowledge and artistic expression. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Florence was the main center of Art and Renaissance thought. Annually, hundreds of artists, poets, and philosophers appeared on the scene. Some of them are still among the most eminent painters, sculptors, and thinkers as Donatello, Brunelleschi, Marsilio Ficino, Leonardo Da Vinci, and many others. Nevertheless the imposing company, there was one artist who dared to break through the limits of what was then possible in fine arts and architecture. His name was Michelangelo and he became one of the greatest sources of inspiration for later artists and researchers.

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Easter Island Heads mystery revealed

Photo credit:  Photo Credit: Ian Sewell - IanAndWendy.com Photo gallery from Easter Island; under CC BY 2.5

Easter Island Heads are actually full-length statues

It would be a surprise if you haven't heard about the Easter Island Heads. These are among the most famous sculptures in the world. If by any chance you haven't, now you will get familiar with the massive figures or moai. Moreover, as it was discovered, their name is actually misleading because as a team of archaeologists at UCLA have found out the well-known monoliths are not only busts but whole bodies buried in the ground.

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