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Blogs that will strengthen the artist - by Dutch Art Academy Marion de Jong

The Return of the youngest Son

I'm reading a book by Henri Nouwen, entitled Finally Home. Henri Nouwen is no longer alive. He was a Catholic priest and lived in Europe and Canada and wrote a number of books. There have been about 4 people who have ever asked me if I knew this book. And every time the answer was no. Until I...

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Why is Notre Dame Basilic important?

10 Reasons why Notre Dame Basilic is important This past week the whole world was a spectator of this terrible fire in Notre Dame Basilic in Paris. There where a lot of conversations going on about the fire. Except for the 500 firefighters there was not much more to do for the rest of us than...

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Think and design

‘An artist does his most difficult work when he steps back from the blank canvas and thinks about what he is going to create’Michelangelo Recently I was in Rome. We went to see some of the best art on earth to be seen: art in the Vatican Museums. The largest patrons of artThe Vatican has a long...

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Masterworks in Rome

Today I am writing from Rome, Italy. It is one of these early springtime city holidays. My husband and I were looking forward so much to visit this city and enjoy the art treasures that are tob e seen here. Although this is not a travel guide, I wanted to share some things that might be useful...

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Good paintingtools are half the job

Good paintingtools are half the job This is evident in the kitchen, but also in the studio or paintingclasses. Some artists don't care what they work with. Some are also able to make something beautiful with the most terrible material. I don't belong in that category. I get irritated if my...

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How do you know when your artpiece is finished?

"No great work of art is ever finished" - Michelangelo. This is a subject of all times. How do you know if your artwork is finished? This question has been asked to me many times and Michelangelo seemed to have the answer. No great work of art is ever finished. And yet there is enough hanging...

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Keep Calm and make the Best

Things of the heart An artist actually leads a double life. In the visible he is busy making art, work, private things. In his interior it always continues to receive and hold inspiration. The search for new angles never stops. And sometimes this leads to inner conflicts, there is too much...

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How attractive is Beauty!

How attractive is beauty! Sometimes I think that beautiful people have an easier life than those who look 'plain' or even bad. In Dutch we have the expression: Clothes make the man, meaning that who dresses well is respected more. And it's not for nothing that so much money is involved in the...

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Rembrandt Year

This year it is 350 years ago that famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn died. Most people know him by the name Rembrandt. He was born in 1606 in Leiden and died 1669 in Amsterdam. Rembrandt was a Dutch Golden Age painter. One of his most famous works is the Prodigal Son. The Prodigal Son...

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Important original Rubens Drawing Auctioned

Important original Rubens Drawing Auctioned There is so much happening in the art world, especially in the area of the old masters. I had not yet had the opportunity to share this with you. In the last week of December 2018 I visited an important exhibition in Rotterdam of works by Rubens. I...

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