Grand Budapest Hotel – real art or not?

If you have seen the ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’, you probably remember that painting ‘Boy With Apple’ was replaced by a modern painting in the Egon Schile style.

 Every time I watch Grand Budapest, my heart stops because It evokes in my mind price for the Schile’s paintings that starts from £800 000. Luckily, it was not the original, but an illustration of Rich Pellegrino created in the same manner as Austrian’s painter.

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Lions of the middle ages are absolutely hilarious.

To find out why was that here is the brief introduction to the period. First of all – middle ages in art is a transfer from Antiquity to the Renaissance . Medieval period consist of two stages: Romanesque (XI-XII) and Gothic  (end of XII – beginning of XVI). So in that ages the only fun was religion. Church was the only thing that thrilled European people of that time. High life as chivalry appeared just in Gothic. So just imagine – you live in 1345, look after chickens, and you see nothing except your daily route ‘home-fare-church-home’. I mean that according to the theory of our teacher of aesthetics, a creator (painter or architect) do not make his art works separately from the environment where he lives. There is a special formula of environment influence on a masterpiece, So, if religion and church fully takes over your brain, and no civil life exists, the only subject-matter that prevails in that period will be…  Religion! In architecture these were cathedrals and convents, in painting – frescoes. Portrait genre appeared just in Late Gothic, I mean civil portrait. And till that time all frescos, bible illustrations depicted just Chris, Virgin Mary, Prophets and so on. I would also add, that there were no art schools! Just think of that. Painters hardly ever learned to picture men in icons, and now they need to show a landscape in perspective or a holy baby Chris (ugly most of the time) and… omg!.. animals! They couldn’t go to a zoo and make a brief sketch of a lion. Ha-ha! And lions in Italy walking freely around Florence city centre? Kidding? Well, that was a short explanation of why lions in Medieval ages were so-so terribly painted. Get, set, go!


(Lion on drugs). Saint Jérôme (version de Turin) – Dosso Dossi  1528.  Continue Reading…

Dogs and cats of the medieval art

There were many painters who depicted dogs at their paintings. Some were bad in that, some were very bad.  A dutch artist Emanuel de Witte probably liked dogs that much, so you can see them in every his painting!

Here are five dogs in a church. All dogs painted before this picture was made (1650) are looking like experiments of some US underground laboratories.

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Everything you wanted to know about medieval lactation but were afraid to ask

Beginners in lactating:


Alonso Cano, Lactation of St. Bernard,1650, Madrid, Prado. Its a strange story about feeding this saint guy, first painted in the 12th century.   Continue Reading…

Mother Latin

Latin is an ancient Italic language originally spoken by the Italic Latins in Latium and Ancient Rome. Now its the official language of Vatican City,
The Holy See and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

Modern Romance languages are continuations of dialectal forms (vulgar(classical) Latin) of the language. Latin is still used in the creation of new words in modern languages of many different families, including English, and largely in biological taxonomy. Latin and its derivative Romance languages are the only surviving languages of the Italic language family. Other languages of the Italic branch were attested in the inscriptions of early Italy, but were assimilated to Latin during the Roman Republic. Latin has had a significant influence in the formation of English at all stages of its insular development. In the medieval period, much borrowing from Latin occurred through ecclesiastical usage established by Saint Augustine of Canterbury in the 6th century, or indirectly after the Norman Conquest through the Anglo-Norman language. From the 16th to the 18th centuries, English writers cobbled together huge numbers of new words from Latin and Greek words. These were dubbed inkhorn terms, as if they had spilled from a pot of ink. Many of these words were used once by the author and then forgotten. Some useful ones, though, survived, such as imbibe and extrapolate. Many of the most common polysyllabic English words are of Latin origin, through the medium of Old French.
Due to the influence of Roman governance and Roman technology on the less developed nations under Roman dominion, those nations adopted Latin phraseology in some specialized areas, such as science, technology, medicine, and law.


Some words of english language borrowed from Latin:

Extra, focus, auditorium, opera, credit, trio, podium, citrus, idea, status, exit, audio, etc. (including etc (et cetera)).

The whole list of roman words find here:

Some roman abbreviations:

A.m. – Ante meridiem – “before midday”
P.m. – Post Meridiem -“after midday”
CV – curriculum vitae -“course of life”
P.S. – Post scriptum -“ after what has been written”
R.I.P. – Requiescat in pace – “may he/she rest in peace”
Vs. – versus -“ against”.

Many European cities were founded by Romans and got their original names in Latin.

For example Londinium is London (England),
Arelate, Colonia Iulia Paterna Arelatensium Sextanoru – Arles – (Arle) (France)
Lutetia Parisiorum – Paris (France)
Colonia Agrippina – Cologne (Germany)
Batavis – Passau (Germany)
Trajectum ad Renum – Utrecht (Netherlands)
Trajectum ad Mosam – Maastricht (Netherlands).

More cities founded by Romans:

The famous brand BVLGARI is usually written in the classical Latin alphabet (Italian company founded by a Greek) should be read like Bulgari, because the Roman alphabet didn’t include letters ‘U’ and “J’,
it had letters ‘V’ and ‘I’ instead. Italian is descended from Latin. Among the Romance languages, Italian is the closest to Latin in terms of vocabulary.