Posts by Kelly Richman-Abdou

October 18, 2018

The Enchanting History of Notre-Dame Cathedral’s Famous Gargoyles

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is celebrated as one of the most exquisite examples of Gothic architecture. Constructed in the Middle Ages, the church has welcomed worshippers and sightseers for centuries, inspiring awe with its sky-high spires, ethereal stained glass windows, and spell-binding sculptures. Among carved depictions of holy figures like saints and prophets, the cathedral’s exterior also features a menagerie of grotesques, stone creatures intended to protect the church from malevolent spirits.

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October 16, 2018

Repairman-Turned-Artist Crafts an Eye-Catching Dome Using Recycled Bicycle Wheels

In 1994, Vancouver-born bicycle repairman Philippe LeBlond relocated to Yukon, a Canadian territory known for its beautiful scenery. While he made this move to set up shop and enjoy nature, he wound up discovering—and eventually joining—a thriving arts community in the small town of Whitehorse. Merging his mechanical interests with his newfound creativity, LeBlond began crafting sculptures out of old bicycle parts, including a recent dome made out of recycled rims.

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October 14, 2018

The Significance of Botticelli’s Renaissance Masterpiece ‘Primavera’

Florentine artist Sandro Botticelli is credited for his contributions to the Italian Renaissance. Widely considered one of the most prolific painters of the 15th century, he is known for his large-scale paintings of mythological subject matter, including Primavera, an allegorical celebration of spring. This piece is one of the most important Early Renaissance works. Housed by Florence’s famed Uffizi Gallery, it continues to attract viewers with its classical symbolism, elaborate composition, and delicate attention to detail.

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October 10, 2018

Make an “Impression” With Charming Notecards Featuring Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’

Considered a modern art masterpiece, Claude Monet‘s Water Lilies series can be found in top museums around the world. While seeing these large-scale paintings in person is one way to experience their magic, publishing company teNeues has proven that you don’t need to travel far to appreciate Les Nymphéas. In fact, with their Monet notecards, you can curate your own collection of Water Lilies without leaving your desk.

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