This daunting Muslim faith temple is located in the Iraqi city of Samarra and is also known as the Malwiya Mosque. Its construction dates back to the 9th century, specifically between the years 848 and 852. The main characteristic that draws attention is its monumentality, its gigantic scale, and it helps to achieve these enormous proportions that the venue has a zidaya, which is a space that has between the mosque, its sacred ground, and the outside, profane territory.
The strength of this 15th-century portrait kept in the National Gallery in London is such that since the author is unknown, it has been called Master of the Mornauer Portrait to differentiate him from many other anonymous artists and to be able to attribute other works with similar characteristics to him.
Located on the Cañadón del Río Pinturas (Santa Cruz Province, Argentine Republic), the Cueva de las Manos was discovered by Expert Francisco P. Moreno in 1876, and constitutes one of the first testimonies of art cave paintings that are preserved to this day, with representations spanning more than 9,000 years, from the initial Holocene Period to the Postglacial.
The Roman people, of a more practical temperament than the Greeks, developed an eminently utilitarian architecture within the scope of their Empire. This was above all, an urban civilization, a network of cities dominated militarily; thus, the idea of military rule was the basis of Roman architecture, which always had a frame of reference in cities.
Expressionism arose as a reaction against impressionism and it was in Germany where it fully developed. Expressionism, more than an artistic style, was a very committed movement that faced a reality with which it did not agree and that occurred in all spheres, art, literature, cinema or music.
Neoclassical painting did not have models of classical painting, therefore drawing was based on sculpture. This drawing was then applied a conventional color or left without color; the light was clear, diffuse and vague. For this reason, the painters were extraordinary draughtsmen, practicing the so-called academy drawing that copies natural models.
Seeing the photo of this mound one might think that it is simply a green hill in the English landscape. But it's not like that. It is one of the largest preserved prehistoric monuments since it is a burial mound built around the year 2,700 BC.
Il Guercino (1591 – 1666), whose real name was Giovanni Francesco Barbieri , was one of the most prolific and valued artists of his time, receiving large commissions on a continuous basis. And as an example we can see this huge canvas (720 x 423 cm) that he made between 1621 and 1623 to decorate the interior of the St.
Celtic art is perhaps one of the most widespread artistic manifestations among the general public. His calligraphy, religious symbols, geometric drawings and illuminated manuscripts are material that we observe daily in different fields, often without knowing their origin.
Muralism was born at a time when Marxism was in full swing. Marxist ideals were very present in Latin American countries and in Mexico in particular, which had experienced its revolution in 1910. Thus began a process in which they wanted to bring art closer to the people, returning to indigenous, Aztec and Mayan art, leaving aside the European academicism that was the one that prevailed until that moment.
In 1955, the Spanish sculptor Juan de Ávalos made a double alabaster sarcophagus to evoke the young couple who starred in The Lovers of Terueland house inside the mummified bodies of these two characters halfway between legend and reality.
The full title of this painting by the Dutch artist Nicolaes Berchem (1629 – 1683) is Peasants with four oxen and a goat at a ford, next to a ruined aqueduct. More descriptive is impossible, as it became fashionable for this type of pastoral views at the time.
The Koutoubia Mosque is located in the very heart of the medina of Marrakech , and is one of the great Muslim temples in the whole the Almohad architecture . In fact, its minaret served as a model for other later minarets, both in Morocco itself, and in Spain, where the Giralda tower, before it became the bell tower of the cathedral of Seville, it would be similar to this minaret.
The Taj Mahal is undoubtedly the most famous work of art in all of India and Asian culture in general. Located on the outskirts of Agra, about a hundred and seventy kilometers from the Indian capital, the imposing building was built by the Mughal emperor Sha Jahan between 1630 as a burial mausoleum for his wife the beautiful Mumtaz Mahal dilating the works for almost twenty years, until 1648.
This is one of the main monuments that make up the set of Mudejar art in Teruel declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A set in which there are not only architectural works, since there are also pictorial works such as the paintings on the wooden ceiling of Teruel's Cathedral.
On another occasion we told you about one of the best fortresses of Muslim origin that are preserved in Spain. The Aljafería Castle in the city of Zaragoza which perfectly represents the period of the Taifa kingdoms in the Iberian Peninsula.
This is one of the great monuments of the Andalusian city of Sevilla . Today you can see that it is the bell tower of the impressive Cathedral of Santa María de la Sede. But as with the cathedral temple, the origins of the Giralda date back long before the Christian presence in the city.
This temple is part of the list of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity according to UNESCO for an exceptional example of Mudejar architecture . And it is located in one of the oldest areas of occupation of the two-thousand-year-old Spanish city of Zaragoza.
This palatial fortress of Muslim origin is located in the Spanish city of Zaragoza , and was built during the second half from the 11th century, when this city was called Sarakusta and was the capital of one of the many Taifa kingdoms that made up the peninsular territories dominated by Muslim monarchs.
The Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls is the largest religious building located in the city of Rome after Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. It seems that the original paleo-Christian building was built in the time of Constantine and the mortal remains of Saint Paul of Tarsus were kept there.
The Basilica of Saint John Lateran, whose real name is The Archbasilica of the Savior and Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, although due to its history it is also known by the nickname of the Lateran or even Lateran Basilica. The Basilica of San Juan is part of the well-known group of major basilicas -those that hold a high rank- together with San Pedro del Vaticano, San Pablo Extramuros and Santa María la Mayor;
The pre-Romanesque church of San Miguel de Lillo is one of the best of pre-Romanesque architecture that has survived to this day. Located in Asturias, the temple is a clear example of palatial architecture, that is, a temple that has been built within a palatial complex, in this case it would be the Naranco monumental complex formed by the primitive palace of Santa María del Naranco -later it would be consecrated as a church- and the church of San Miguel de Lillo.
This is a construction typical of Asturian pre-Romanesque art , and was built around the middle of the 9th century. According to the historiographical documentation found, it is known that it was part of the palace complex of Asturian King Ramiro I.
The church of San Julián de los Prados or Santullano, is a pre-Romanesque church built in Oviedo by the monarch Alfonso II between 826 and 838. The church was part of a much larger palatine complex that has not survived to this day. The temple was dedicated to Saints Julian and Basilisa.
Commissioned in 1444 by the banker and politician Cosimo the Elder of the powerful Medici family from the architect Michelozzo di Bartolomeno, better known as Michelozzo Michelozzi (1396- 1472). The urban palaces had a great boom during the Renaissance, they were the symbol and emblem of a we althy urban bourgeoisie that came to replace the power of the feudal lords with their medieval castles.
Under the name of Castles of the Loire we usually group together a set of buildings of a palatial nature that were built in the French region of the Loire around the fifteenth century and more especially in the sixteenth century, in the stage that It is known as the French Renaissance.
Donato Bramante was an Italian architect and painter, from Urbino specifically, who was commissioned to build a small temple in Rome between 1499 and 1502, which was a kind of "manifesto" of the new stage of the Renaissance that meant the sixteenth century or Quinquecento, which ultimately meant the "
This is one of the buildings that is part of the famous route of the Loire Castles . A cultural itinerary through the center of France , specifically between the cities of Angers and Orleans, featuring fifty mansions and palaces, as the The French word “château” is used both for castles with primarily defensive functions and for more residential palaces.
Sometimes the great ensemble of Renaissance architecture is summed up in the figure of Filippo Brunelleschi , and especially the great work of he the dome of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flowers in Florence. However, during the Renaissance countless works of great interest were built, and even Brunelleschi himself has other masterpieces such as the Hospital of the Innocents or the Pazzi Chapel.
Under the nickname of Ottonian Art, a period of cultural and artistic flourishing developed in the area of Germany from the middle of the 10th century to the middle of the 11th century is circumscribed. During this period an art strongly influenced by the Byzantine tradition, the Carolingian era and the pre-Romanesque forms of Northern Italy developed.
This sculptural work located in the Church of Sant'Angelo a Nilo in Naples is the result of the intense creative collaboration between the sculptor Donatelloand the architect Michelozzo , one of the great builders of the Italian Renaissance thanks to such an emblematic work as the Palazzo Medici-Ricardi in Florence.
This is a marble sculpture group dating from between 1579 and 1583, and made by the sculptor Giovanni of Bologna, also known as Giambologna. The work is a prototypical example of the mannerist style , that artistic trend that since the mid-16th century served as a bridge between the most classical forms of the Renaissance and the emerging dynamism of the Baroque .
It often happens throughout the history of art and especially architecture, that the designs of some buildings are as important as the building itself, even though it has never actually been finished. In this context, we can point out that many architectural constructions have marked a before and after in the world of architecture, even when originally they should be even more spectacular than they really are.
The aqueduct of Segovia is, without any doubt, the most remarkable work of the Roman Empire in ancient Hispania. Located in the city of Segovia, this imposing engineering construction It is the best of the preserved aqueducts in the entire Iberian Peninsula and today it has become one of the symbols and icons that define the Castilian-Leonese city.
On more than one occasion we have told you here about the city of Nimes , in the French Provence, one of the Gallic cities that treasures more heritage from the Roman era, with spectacular buildings such as its amphitheater or the famous Maison Carrée.
As part of a very long tradition that goes back to Classical Antiquity in France we find two of the most famous triumphal arches in history; in fact, the triumphal arches of France – both the Carrousel and the Étoile arch – are the best examples of these commemorative monuments that have been erected since the fall of the Roman Empire.
The Roman Empire extended throughout the Mediterranean basin, even further into northern Europe or lands of theMiddle East. The palpable proof of this are the many works built by the Romans that have survived to this day in places as far away as Spain, France, Tunisia or Jordan.
The Castelo de Sant'Angelo, also known as Hadrian's Mausoleum, is one of the Roman-era buildings found in the city of Rome and the one that has survived to the present day in the best state of preservation. Currently, the castle is a must for tourists visiting the Eternal City, and not only because of its location - it is located at the gates of the Vatican - but also because of the famous Ponte de Sant'Angelo built by Bernini that gave its name to this city.
This Roman monument is considered a masterpiece of not only sculpture but much more, and has entered the history books as a very elegant and artistic form of political propaganda. In reality it is a large column that almost reaches a height of 30 meters, but its great peculiarity is that its entire shaft is covered in reliefs, as if it were the support for a large sculpted stone scroll that it circles around it 22 times, from its base to its top, which means a total of abou
This is one of the great surviving triumphal arches from Imperial Rome. The place where these types of constructions originated, which over the centuries reached practically any place on the planet, although perhaps the most famous of them all is the Arc de Triomphe de la Estrella in Paris.