Modern – (French moderne from Latin modemus – new, modern) – the period of development of European art at the turn of the XIX-XX centuries, the main content of which was the desire of artists to contrast their work with the historicism and eclecticism of art of the second half of the XIX century – this is the name. Therefore, the term “modern” should be distinguished from the general meaning of the word “contemporary” or “contemporary art”, as well as the term “modernism”, which means all the most avant-garde, experimental and formalistic trends in the art of the 20th century.
The chronological framework of Art Nouveau is very narrow, only some thirty years: approximately 1886-1914. However, Modern is not just one style, but many different styles and trends that make up the period, maybe no less important than the Renaissance of the 16th century.
The Art Nouveau period can also be compared with the era of the XVII-XVIII centuries, of course not in the volume of created values, but in the logic of the development of artistic ideas. Just as then – Classicism, Baroque, Rococo and again Neoclassicism, art of the late XIX century. summarized the experience of all previous artistic Continue reading
Nowhere is a cat revered like in Egypt. The complex metaphorical meaning that world mythology endowed with the image of this beautiful intelligent animal, the Egyptians reduced to positive, pleasant to human consciousness concepts – such as kindness, home hearth, fun, love, motherhood, fertility, protective forces.
In ancient Egypt, there was a very significant cult of the goddess – the cat Bastet (Bast), which was also considered the personification of sunlight and moonlight. The goddess was portrayed as a maiden with a cat’s head or in the form of a lioness. Bastet was considered the daughter of Osiris and Isis. Prayers were dedicated to her: “She can bestow life and strength, all the health and joy of the heart” or “I am a cat, the mother of life.” In her honor, cats were worshiped, mummified, a mouse was placed next to them so that cats had something to have fun and eat in the afterlife.
In Egypt, cats were mummified, a mouse was placed nearby, so that cats had something to have fun and eat in the afterlife Continue reading