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Michelangelo was born #onthisday in 1475.
Michelangelo created sophisticated studies of profile heads, such as this one, as works of art in their own right. He probably made this highly polished drawing as a gift for a close friend. It shows an idealised female beauty who, in keeping with Michelangelo's ideal of beauty, has rather masculine features.
The intricate arrangement of the woman's plaited hair, which flows out of the side and back of her bizarrely strapped helmet, is reminiscent of earlier Florentine portraits. Michelangelo may have been influenced by works from the 1470s, including a painting of Cleopatra by Piero di Cosimo and Leonardo's exquisitely worked studies of heads, including his early metalpoint depiction of a leonine warrior.
#art #artist #Michelangelo #drawing #history Happy Holi! This beautiful painting depicts the celebrations of the Hindu festival 
#Holi2015 #Holi #festival #painting Here’s an illustration by Helen Binyon of the Bennett girls from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice #WorldBookDay #JaneAusten #PrideandPrejudice #author #books #illustration Many famous authors have studied in the Museum's Reading Room including Karl Marx, Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker! #WorldBookDay #history #author #museum #library This papyrus from the Book of the Dead of Ani is over 3,000 years old! #WorldBookDay #papyrus #books #history Today is #WorldBookDay, and we’re celebrating all things books! Beatrix Potter's endearing characters and stories are beloved the world over. Here’s an illustration to her book The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (1909)
#BeatrixPotter #books #illustrations #drawing
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