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Alexandre Cabanel

Creativity vs the Académie

From its subject matter and color scheme to the visibility of each brushstroke, Alexandre Cabanel's artwork was defined by the total authority of the Académie — but even under extreme constraint, creativity finds ways to express itself. Read More

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Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee

Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633

'Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Read More

Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee, Rembrandt van Rijn
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Book of Divine Works, Part 3, Vision 1: The City of God and the Mirror of the Angels

Hildegard von Bingen, 1230

This illumination introduces Part 3, Vision 1 of Hildegard von Bingen's final visionary writing, the Liber Divinorum Operum, or 'Book of Divine Works.' Hildegard completed the first copy of the Divinorum Operum in around 1173, but this illumination comes from a 13th century copy known as the Lucca manuscript. Read More

Book of Divine Works, Part 3, Vision 1: The City of God and the Mirror of the Angels, Hildegard von Bingen

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