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Edvard Munch's "The Scream" recovered after theft

On this date, 7th of May, 1994, Edvard Munch's most prominent painting "The Scream" was found after being stolen from Oslo's museum for almost three months. Norway's most famous painting was recovered undamaged about 40 miles south of the capital at a hotel in Asgardstrand. It was intact and undamaged.

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Thoughts to reflect on: Giorgio de Chirico and his Metaphysical painting

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Giorgio de Chiricho
Giorgio de Chirico (10 July 1888 – 20 November 1978) was an Italian painter born in Greece. He is famous for founding the scuola metafisica (metaphysical movement) along with Carlo Carra – another Italian painter. Even before he met Carra, de Chirico had developed his metaphysical style of painting, inspired by painters like Arnold Böcklin and Max Klinger. His other great influence was the philosophical works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Arthur Schopenhauer, and notably the Greek mythology and Roman Architecture. De Chirico's metaphysical paintings had a huge impact on the later Surrealist movement, which is more than obvious in the paintings of Salvador Dalí and René Magritte – timeless perspective, illusionary figures, intense and extraordinary imagery. Paradoxically, the later career of Giorgio de Chirico passed under the mark of classical techniques and iconography, which he advocated in his article Valori plastici entitled "The Return of Craftsmanship". Although he was often criticizing his own earlier metaphysical paintings and became a major opponent of Modern art in general, he often made reproductions of his earlier works and is remembered mostly for his metaphysical visionary paintings.
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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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Florence - an entire city of Mind-blowing History and Beauty

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The Magic of the Renaissance

In the 14th century, a drastic change in the way people were thinking and the art they were making started happening in Europe. One city - Florence, had the most important role in this change. The home of Dante Alighieri, Giovanni Boccaccio, and Niccolo Machiavelli has preserved so much of the renaissance art and architecture created there, that now it is considered the Living museum of this period.

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Insights: Erich Fromm

"The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science"

Erich Fromm

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Stay curious and creative in the face of the unsolvable mysteries of the Universe. Enjoy your weekend!

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More Options to Take Part in the International Conference on Arts & Humanities “The Magic of the Renaissance” 2020

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The 7th international scientific conference on arts & humanities "The Magic of the Renaissance", that will take place in Florence, Italy, from 26th to 28th of October 2020, is giving you more options to become part of this unique event.

Those of you who want to participate but have not prepared the needed papers and publications, can register as delegates. Thus, you will be able to become part of the discussions and meet your colleagues and future collaborators in person. For those, who cannot attempt the conference, the organizers from the SWS International Society of Social Sciences, Humanities and Art are offering the option to share your work to the auditory as virtual speakers. More about the event can be found here: sgemflorence.org

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