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30 Jul 14 at 10 am

Michael Sweerts. (Brussels 1618 - 1664 Goa). A young maidservant (detail)

This extraordinary depiction of a young girl - datable to around 1660 - is undoubtedly one of Michael Sweerts’s most beautiful works. It has been compared with Girl with a pearl earring, which Vermeer (1632-1675) would paint some five years later.

  • The rendering of her skin is a technical marvel on a par with Rembrandt’s or Gerard ter Borch’s greatest adventures in naturalism: rosy where it should be rosy; blue-shadowed between the bridge of the nose and the eyes." - Simon Schama in “Another Dimension”, The New Yorker, October 28, 2002 p. 87

(Source: thekremercollection.com)

Michael Sweerts. (Brussels 1618 - 1664 Goa). A young maidservant (detail)
This extraordinary depiction of a young girl - datable to around 1660 - is undoubtedly one of Michael Sweerts’s most beautiful works. It has been compared with Girl with a pearl earring, which Vermeer (1632-1675) would paint some five years later.
“The rendering of her skin is a technical marvel on a par with Rembrandt’s or Gerard ter Borch’s greatest adventures in naturalism: rosy where it should be rosy; blue-shadowed between the bridge of the nose and the eyes." - Simon Schama in “Another Dimension”, The New Yorker, October 28, 2002 p. 87
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30 Jul 14 at 10 am

1559 Pieter Brueghel the Younger – The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, Detail the House of the bottom

1559 Pieter Brueghel the Younger – The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, Detail the House of the bottom
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30 Jul 14 at 10 am

German troops stand in formation during the occupation of Brussels (1914).


(Source: Daily Mail)

German troops stand in formation during the occupation of Brussels (1914).
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29 Jul 14 at 10 am

paintingilike:

Luc Tuymans, Prisoners of War (2001)

paintingilike:

Luc Tuymans, Prisoners of War (2001)
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29 Jul 14 at 10 am

chancegallery:

The Doors. Xavier Mellery.

chancegallery:

The Doors. Xavier Mellery.
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29 Jul 14 at 10 am

1915: A zeppelin flying over Brussels. During the First World War, German dirigibles bombed London, Paris, and many other West-European cities, causing severe terror among civilians. They took off namely in Haren, Evere, where the Germans established a gigantic zeppelin hangar. In retaliation, this aerodrome was bombed in 1915 by the English air force. Brussels was at the heart of the war in Europe, which was not only waged in the trenches, but also involved the people at the home front and on occupied territories. In this configuration, which would come to influence the whole 20th century, the situation of the Belgian capital is unique.

© L’Actualité illustrée

1915: A zeppelin flying over Brussels. During the First World War, German dirigibles bombed London, Paris, and many other West-European cities, causing severe terror among civilians. They took off namely in Haren, Evere, where the Germans established a gigantic zeppelin hangar. In retaliation, this aerodrome was bombed in 1915 by the English air force. Brussels was at the heart of the war in Europe, which was not only waged in the trenches, but also involved the people at the home front and on occupied territories. In this configuration, which would come to influence the whole 20th century, the situation of the Belgian capital is unique.
© L’Actualité illustrée
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28 Jul 14 at 12 pm

Map of Belgium with clickable links and ratings for every significant town, village, castle and abbey. 

tags: Travel  Belgium  Map  Link  Tourism 
Tourist Map of Belgium
allthepainting:

Quayside with Ships in Antwerp, Artist: Van Gogh, painting reproductions
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28 Jul 14 at 10 am

tierradentro:

Christ Appearing to his Mother" (detail), c.1496, Juan de Flandes.

tierradentro:

“Christ Appearing to his Mother" (detail), c.1496, Juan de Flandes.
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28 Jul 14 at 10 am

Bruges during World War I 

The first World War officially started 100 years ago today.

Bruges during World War I The first World War officially started 100 years ago today.