Archive for November, 2008

The Garden of Earthly Desires

The Garden of Earthly Desires is a triptych painting made by Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch. Also known as the Millenium, this painting consists of three sections or panels placed together that can be folded to show another artwork on the exterior. This striking painting has been known for its vivid imagery and complexity in terms of symbolism. What is triptych?The triptych is an oil painting that consists of a square main panel flanked on the sides by rectangular wings that close over the middle…

Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi is a noted Spanish architect known for his uniquely original architectural designs. His designs belong to the Modernist style and were considered as one of the highly original architects during his time. Some of his significant works include the Sagrada Familia, the Casa Mila and the Casa Batllo. Early LifeGaudi was born on June 25, 1852 in the province of Tarragona in southern Catalonia, Spain. Although his actual birthplace is still in some dispute, official documents associated w…

The Worst Building in the World

The Ryugyong Hotel is the most prominent architecture in Pyongyang’s skyline and the tallest and largest building in North Korea. Skyscrapers should be nothing short of magnificent. It’s one of the rules in architecture. After all, the skyscraper is the first thing you’ll see when you visit a city. Just look at the beauty of Petronas Tower in Malaysia, the Taipei 101 in Taiwan, the Sears Tower in Chicago, and the Empire State Building in New York.Everything has an exception, however, and that is…

Joan Miro

Joan Miro was a notable Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramist who earned international acclaim for his work that has been associated with Surrealism. Most of his paintings seem to create images from the subconscious mind. Miro was known to shun conventional painting methods and usually go against the elements of established painting. Early YearsJoan Miro was born on April 20, 1893 in Barcelona, Spain. He was born from a family of goldsmiths and jewelry makers. He took his art studies at the Bar…

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is considered as one of the most distinctive and recognizable buildings in the world. It follows quite an attractive and unique expressionist modern design and it is probably because of these reasons that it has been made into a UNESCO World Heritage Site on June 28, 2007. But mainly, the Sydney Opera House became popular because of its striking architecture that seems to loom large among the beauty found in its surroundings. The Sydney Opera House is located in Sydney, Ne…