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Edna St. Vincent Millay /Vladimir Volegov | Sweet love, sweet thorn / O dolce amore, dolce spina

Sweet love, sweet thorn, when lightly to my heart
I took your thrust, whereby I since am slain,
And lie disheveled in the grass apart,
A sodden thing bedrenched by tears and rain,
While rainy evening drips to misty night,
And misty night to cloudy morning clears,
And clouds disperse across the gathering light,

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Kazuhiro Uno (Japanese, 1978)

Kazuhiro Uno / 卯野和宏 is a remarkable Japanese painter🎨 born in Ibaraki Prefecture.
In 2002 he graduated from the Department of Oil Painting at Musashino University of Art, in the class of Hiroshi Sakurai.
In 2004 he took a course in oil painting, also at Musashino University of Art, under the direction of Kuno Kazuhiro.
Kazuhiro Uno's work focuses on the female figure and still life.
He is currently a member of the Federation of Japanese Artists.

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16th century | Inventions, discoveries and Arts

The 16th century one of the most tumultuous periods in Western culture - primarily due to the Protestant Reformation.
Was a time of unprecedented change that saw the very beginning of the modern era of science, great exploration, religious and political turmoil, extraordinary literature, the High Renaissance and Mannerism.
This period also sees the beginnings of the scientific revolution and the colonization of the new world.
During the 16th century, advancements were also made in the theories of mathematics, cosmography, geography, and natural history.
In this century inventions related to the fields of engineering, mining, navigation, and the military arts were prominent.

1500 ▻ First portable watch is created by Peter Henlein of Germany.
1500 ▻ The first flush toilets appeared.
1501 ▻ Michelangelo returns to his native Florence to begin work on the statue David.

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Jeremy Mann (American, 1979) | Figures

Jeremy Mann is a painter best known for his moody, dark cityscapes. Mann graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Fine Art painting, and later attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Working on wood panels, Mann employs various techniques when creating his pieces, including staining the surface, wiping away paint with solvents, and applying broad marks with an ink brayer.

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Natalie Shau, 1984 | Pop Surrealism painter

Natalie Shau is mixed media artist and photographer based in Lithuania (Vilnius). She refers to herself as a mixed media artist and photographer with an interest in fashion and portrait photography as well as digital illustration and photo art.
Some go as far as to describe her as a world-famous female representative of the hi-tec avant-garde of figurative art and leading illustrator and photographer in the digital art scene.
However, none of her shorter or longer biographies published on the internet make clear whether the Lithuanian ever attended art school at all or whether she is a mere autodidact. Considering the absence of any reference to an art education in her biographies, one rather has to assume the latter.

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Izumi Kogahara (Japanese, 1979)

Izumi Kogahara is a Japanese painter🎨 and graphic designer, born in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture.
In the painting world, Izumi Kogahara is what one might call a natural-born master of color use.
Her unique use of warm, cool and neutral colors in all directions produces a singular brilliance and depth from each hue.
Kogahara is inspired by the energy of human beings that is generated not only by the instinct of life but also by the feeling generated by communicating with others.

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Cristina Fornarelli (Italian, 1978)

Since she was a child, Cristina Fornarelli envisaged life as an intimate and emotional process that blooms throughout the life of a being.
As such, both in her personal evolution and her professional career, the Italian🎨 creator is deeply attached to everything that deals with delicateness, poetry and femininity.
Her figurative works, painted with oils, are produced from pure colours, directly affixed on the canvas with a spatula.

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Mark Arian (American, 1947)

"To me, art is an expression of the rapture of being.. unveiling a fragment of the radiance within all form I believe that art can awaken the soul.. to the timeless presence of beauty and truth" - Mark Arian.

The exceptional work of American🎨 realist painter Mark Arian is the product of natural artistic talent, heartfelt passion, and more than fifty years of study and observation.

He was born in Des Moines, Iowa and received formal training in painting and sculpture at the Frudakis Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Barnstone Studios in Allentown, Pennsylvania, a private art academy in Florence, Italy, and the La Jolla Atheneum, and Watts Atelier in San Diego, California.