Art Nouveau and the 19th century explorers

I have always been fascinated by exploration stories. I remember my History classes on Egypt and the Pharaohs when I was 10. As books did at that time, I was totally absorbed by such incredible discoveries about these ancient people that erected beauty as a state ornament.

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All cats are grey in the dark

I love the night. Night is not about darkness, on the contrary, it is about light and about contrasts. The lights in the city shine as if they were stars. This otherworldy atmosphere is proper to dreams.

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Blue, the colour of creativity

Maria Grazia Chiuri is the first woman to be the creative director at Dior. And we have seen the impact of her feminine vision of women since her first collection in which she included messages on the clothes like “We shall all be feminists”.

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Rembrandt and the Dutch masters

The seventeenth century has gone down in history among other things as the golden age of Holland. The Low Countries became the epicentre of Europe, the great hegemony of the Old Continent which in later times would pass into French and eventually English hands.

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The aesthetics of shadows

I love Japanese culture. Its influence on the Arts & Crafts as well as on the Art Nouveau movements is now well established. I recently read the book "In Praise of Shadows" from Japanese writer Junichiro Tanizaki born in 1886.

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The dreamy world of Paolo Roversi

When I look at Paolo Roversi’s pictures, I am instantly dragged into his universe. I feel overcome with emotion. My breath speeds up. All my senses are on alert. Something is going on. The mystery that exudes from his pictures literally catches all my attention.

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