In 1871, Claude Monet, along with his family, spent four months in Zaandam, a town near Amsterdam. Zaandam was a city in the province of North Holland, located on the Zaan, near the North Sea Canal. Zaandam was a city of canals and shipyards and had once served as a large milling center, home to thousands of windmills which powered saws, some of these mills still stood during Monet’s time. Monet was trying to steer clear of the Franco-Prussian War so he had left Paris and moved to London. It was during this excursion that Monet was in Zaandam. During their stay in Zaandam, Monet created some 25 paintings of …..
The latest digital media capabilities have allowed masterpieces that were once only seen in museums and the collections of the world’s wealthiest to be copied as fine art prints and posters. Now everyone can afford to purchase copies of Michelangelo’s frescoes from the Sistine Chapel and Claude Monet’s Waterlilies. The floodgates have opened and now all kinds of masterpieces can be purchased as fine art prints and posters to be framed and hung on the walls of your home or office just like “real” art. The museum quality prints and posters are printed on thick quality paper and in high resolution offering superb detail and clarity. For those hoping to own …..
Michelangelo lived a life which is described as being abstemious. Ascanio Condivi, Michelangelo’s apprentice and biographer said that Michelangelo was indifferent to food and ate “more out of necessity than of pleasure.” He was content with a little wine and bread while he worked. While working on The Last Judgment he waited to eat until evening when he was done painting for the day. Michelangelo was so intent on his art that he sometimes went without eating. According to Fred Plotkin, author of “Italy for the Gourmet Traveler”, “Michelangelo lived almost 89 years, so he must have done something right in terms of his nutrition. I think that he probably …..