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 …..
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 …..
The Manchester Madonna is an unfinished panel painting attributed to Michelangelo. There are only three known panel paintings which have survived and this one is dated c.1495-1497, Michelangelo’s first period in Rome. The painting depicts the child Jesus with his mother Mary meeting his cousin, Saint John the Baptist, on the family’s return from Egypt. Mary has one breast exposed as if she has just fed the child, a theme common in medieval paintings of the Virgin. Mary holds a book just out of the holy child’s grasp while two angels stand in the background reading from a scroll. Another pair of angels remain unfinished with just the green pigment …..