Do you wanna be my Valentine?

14 February 2016

Do you know the reason of St. Valentine’s Day?

valentinEach February 14th, lovers around the world exchange cards and gifts, but where does this tradition come from ?    Some believe it is a Christianized pagan festival, as in ancient Rome was made worship the god of love, Cupid. In this celebration they favor asking God through offerings to find the ideal love.

Other focus the origin of this feast in the Roman Empire in the third century, a time when Christianity was persecuted.

Valentine was a priest who practiced in Rome. He ruled the Emperor Claudius II, who decided to ban the celebration of marriages for young people, because in his opinion the singles without family or ties made better soldiers.

The priest considered that the decree was unjust and challenged the emperor. He held in secret, marriages for young lovers who came to him.

When the emperor found out, he ordered Valentine  to be sent to jail.

His jailer wanted to ridicule and test Valentin. He challenged him  to return the vision to  his daughter, named Julia, who was born blind. Valentine agreed, and on behalf of the Lord restored her sight. This convulsed the jailer and his family, who converted to Christianity.
Legend tells that Valentine fell in love with Julia during his captivity. The signature he  put to  his girlfriend in a letter has survived to this day: “From your Valentine”.

Despite the miracle wrought, Valentin continued prisoner and finally Emperor Claudius ordered him martyred and executed on February 14th, 270 AD.

Young Julia, grateful to the saint, planted an almond tree pink flowers by his grave. Hence, the almond is a symbol of abiding love and friendship.

Today Valentine is considered  the patron of lovers, and on this day we celebrate Valentine’s Day or Day of Love and Friendship.download (1)

So, do you wanna be my Valentine?

 

The Mexican painter in Rio

4 February 2016

Frida Kahlo’s vibrant trajectory

2016-882574915-201601231059245830.jpg_20160123Since the very end of January 2016 is happening at Caixa Cultural the Frida Kahlo exhibition. For the ones who love her , her work and her personality, is something to be seeing.Frida Kahlo lived  in  Coyoacán, México.  Her blue house, that is today a museum, is still full of life. Her ink containers in  perfume bottles are still there as she left them; her brushes of the animal fur, her dresses in pure cotton, her writings, her straw and wood kitchenware.  Everything is there and  the latent life of Frida  that can be felt around,  can not take risks.Frida loved life and was a passionate woman who made a celebration on everything she did. Even though she suffered too much with her sickness, she  was an educated painter, knew what was happening in art in hers time and  had a unique aesthetic reasoningAnd is this living Frida, that  loved her house,  nature, colors and art, that the audience will have a chance to see in the exhibition “Frida Kahlo: connections between surrealist women in Mexico”.She was a great artist who broke many paradigms, “not only as the wife of Diego Rivera.”

Since the very end of January 2016 is happening at Caixa Cultural the Frida Kahlo exhibition. For the ones who love her , her work and her personality, is something to be seeing.Frida Kahlo lived  in  Coyoacán, México.  Her blue house, that is today a museum, is still full of life. Her ink containers in  perfume bottles are still there as she left them; her brushes of the animal fur, her dresses in pure cotton, her writings, her straw and wood kitchenware.  Everything is there and  the latent life of Frida  that can be felt around,  can not take risks.Frida loved life and was a passionate woman who made a celebration on everything she did. Even though she suffered too much with her sickness, she  was an educated painter, knew what was happening in art in hers time and  had a unique aesthetic reasoning

And is this living Frida, that  loved her house,  nature, colors and art, that the audience will have a chance to see in the exhibition “Frida Kahlo: connections between surrealist women in Mexico”.She was a great artist who broke many paradigms, “not only as the wife of Diego Rivera.”

The exhibition, will be on display until March 27 and  has 30 works of Frida – 20 oils on canvas and ten on paper, including drawings, collages and lithographs – and 201601231059175829another 100 works of 14 artists born or rooted women in Mexico, as María Izquierdo , Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington, Rosa Rolanda, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Lucienne Bloch, Alice Rahon (on the show, his Ballet series of Orion is complete), Kati Horna, Bridget Tichenor, Jacqueline Lamba, Bonn Mandiargues, Cordelia Urueta, Olga Costa and Sylvia Fein.

All of them are women of the same generation, who shared the anxieties and aesthetic challenges of the time. As Maria Izquierdo, who, like Frida also painted many self-portraits.

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