At the Prado you can smell a painting by Brueghel and Rubens

At the Prado you can smell a painting by Brueghel and Rubens

Tommaso Berra · 6 months ago · Art

The sense of smell is a beautiful oil on canvas realized by Flemish painters Jan Brueghel the Elder and Rubens in 1617-1618, now it is exposed at the Prado Museum in Madrid and it is at the center of a very original path. Until July 3, in fact, it has been set up a room in which not only you can observe the work but, thanks to some diffusers, visitors can smell the scents of ten of the more than 80 types of flowers and plants represented in the work.
The painting on display in the exhibition “La esencia de un cuadro. Una exposición olfativa” is part of a series of allegories dedicated to the five senses. The scene depicted is that of a lush idyllic garden, in which a Venus is presented with a bouquet of flowers, while all around, in a suspended atmosphere, buildings and trees cover a cloudy sky.

Flower painting is one of Jan Brueghel the Elder’s specialties, capable of representing different species through the balanced use of color, groups of flowers becoming isolated still lifes. The series of “The Senses” is one of the greatest aesthetic successes of the collaboration between the two artists, the curator of the section of Flemish paintings of the Prado Alejandro Vergara believes that the sensory experience can make better known the works of an elegant and refined painter but often in the background as Brueghel.
Among the essences diffused in the room are those of as many as seven flowers, including daffodils, orange blossom, jasmine and spikenard, but also that of fig, leather and tobacco, or other elements symbolic to the history of perfumes as far back as the 1600s. Among these less common perfumes there is Zibetto, an essence obtained from the glands of the animal of the same name (represented in the painting) often present in the perfumes of the sixteenth and seventeenth century as a fixative.

At the Prado you can smell a painting by Brueghel and Rubens
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At the Prado you can smell a painting by Brueghel and Rubens
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The best astronomy photos of 2022

The best astronomy photos of 2022

Tommaso Berra · 5 days ago · Photography

Space is mysterious and frightening territory, we observe from Earth phenomena that most of the time, unless you are an astronomer or very passionate, cannot be fully explained. Remaining are the fascination of seeing them from afar, observing celestial bodies, night skies and everything that inspires fantastic tales and makes us imagine the presence of other worlds light years away from us.
Some phenomena require patience because they are very slow, others are difficult to witness because they are extemporaneous, all of which makes photographing astronomical phenomena a very difficult task, and each year the best shots are awarded at the Astronomy Photographer of the Year.

3,000 photos entered in 2022 by photographers from 67 countries, including the winning one by photographer Gerald Rhemann, who managed to capture a rare event that made many look up to the sky last December. It was Christmas Day when comet Leonard crossed the sky over Tivoli, Namibia. Rhemann managed to capture the moment before the celestial body was blown away by the solar wind, and the energy-charged shot earned first place in the contest.
For the next 12 months the shot will be on display in London, at the National Maritime Museum, along with the other entries and divided into thematic categories (galaxies, sun, moon, landscapes…).

Foto astronimiche | Collater.al
Foto astronimiche | Collater.al
Foto astronimiche | Collater.al
Foto astronimiche | Collater.al
Foto astronimiche | Collater.al
Foto astronimiche | Collater.al
Foto astronimiche | Collater.al
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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Tommaso Berra · 1 week ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs.
For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @eli_rmn, @erre62, @sara_gram._, @saraperacchia, @defalcotina, @giulia.pissagroia, @teresa_scafa, @izya777, @marco.pasini.photo, @marcocarta87.

Tag @collateral.photo to be selected and published on the next InstHunt.

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week
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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week
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Tatiana Cardellicchio stops the motion of nature

Tatiana Cardellicchio stops the motion of nature

Tommaso Berra · 1 week ago · Photography

Photography, when it wants to convey universal emotions, has more strength when it is shared with other people from its earliest stages. Tatiana Cardellicchio owes much to meeting and collaborating with other creatives, who have inspired her, reinforcing an already clear idea of art that is enhanced when seen as a whole and not as individual shots.
There is often a human figure in Tatiana Cardellicchio’s photos, isolated in the world in a moment of pause, in which the perpetual motion of life seems to have been interrupted in favor of a more meditative relationship with nature and the elements that make it up.

The sea becomes a kind of baptismal water, the blades of grass in the meadow instead the perfect surface in which to abandon the body, often of a young woman, which does not impose its silhouette in the landscape but adapts to the rocks or the stool left in the corner of the room.
With a career as a photo retoucher and photo editor, the shots on the photographer’s Instagram profile show a more intimate look in which enhancing the plasticity of the body is a mission, as is blurring the edges between the human figure and nature, in a game of participation in the natural cycle that it is easy to want to be a part of.

Tatiana Cardellicchio | Collater.al
Tatiana Cardellicchio | Collater.al
Tatiana Cardellicchio | Collater.al
Tatiana Cardellicchio | Collater.al
Tatiana Cardellicchio | Collater.al
Tatiana Cardellicchio | Collater.al

A Tatiana Cardellicchio’s shot will be at Collater.al Photography 2022.

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Bodies in the wild in Lisa Strautmann’s photos

Bodies in the wild in Lisa Strautmann’s photos

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Photography

The balance between the human figure and the landscape is the key to Lisa Strautmann‘s shots. Born in 1988, Lisa Strautmann is a German photographer who has had a different path than many of her colleagues. In fact, she has earned no less than two degrees, neither of them in the arts or photography: the first in physical education and the second in psychology. 

Her course of study, however, led her to have the approach she has today to the photographic medium and the subjects she shoots. We almost always see one or more figures in the center of the composition, naked, in unnatural and contrived poses. All around are the colors of nature, from the bright green of the grass to the clear blue of the sky. 

With these images, Lisa Strautmann manages to merge her being an adult, feminist woman with a deep love for nature and the connection humans can make with it. 

Discover more of Lisa Strautmann’s work on her website and Instagram profile

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