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art history meme | 6/8 artists: Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680)
Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian, 1598–1680) and his contemporaries in Rome transformed the portrait bust into a groundbreaking art form. With dazzling virtuosity, these artists were able to coax the living presence and personality of their sitters—creating a “speaking likeness”—from the intractable medium of stone. Bernini is frequently credited with inventing Baroque art and, throughout his long life, remained its greatest exponent. His work embodies the quintessence of Baroque energy and dynamism, often capturing a fleeting action in an instant.
[text] Undoubtedly, il est parfait.
[text]… Now, I am certain, you tease.
[sms; byron] I'm nearly positive you enjoy the tease
[sms; byron] am I right in this?
Le Corsaire by -Jack Devant ballet photography- #flickstackr
The Waltz (1800s)
In 1816,The Times of London alerted parents about an “indecent foreign dance” called the waltz, which featured “the voluptuous intertwining of the limbs” and “close compressure of the bodies.” This “obscene display” sparked a panic that caused the Times to “warn every parent against exposing his daughter to so fatal a contagion” that previously remained the territory of “prostitutes and adulteresses.” Yes, this was written about the waltz.
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