Rovina Cai is an international award winning illustrator who works across a variety of genres. Her poetic imagery has served as book covers, and as interior art for magazines, novels and picture books. Always up for a challenge, her work has also found some unusual applications, like appearing in a video game promotion, and on illustrated scarves.
Een tijdje terug heb ik het al over deze schilderstroming gehad; Ukiyo-e maar vandaag wil ik alleen de kersenbloesem belichten die zo mooi bloeit deze tijd van het jaar en waar ook veel inspiratie uitgehaald wordt in de schilderkunst.
Tsuchiya Koitsu - Geisha and Cherry Tree
Matsumura Keibun - Cherry Blossoms in Snow
Katsushika Hokusai-Mount Fuji seen throught cherry blossom
Kawase Hasui - Cherry Blossoms in Ueno Park, Tokyo
A Madonna is a representation of Mary, either alone or with her child Jesus. These images are central icons for both the Catholic and Orthodoxchurches. The word is from Italian ma donna, meaning 'my lady'.
Although I was born and raised a Catholic I'm no longer a believer in a god or godlike figure but I still have my little Mary figurines everywhere in my home (standing peacefully next to Buddha I might add) Somehow she gives me comfort still not as the mother of Jesus but more as a mother Nature kind of figure I guess. I think it also has to do with the way I was raised, burning a candle at Mary's feet whenever there was something going on, an exam, or when someone was ill or as a remembrance. I still do that.
So for today Madonna or Mary in paintings throughout the centuries;
Stefan Lochner-Madonna in the rose-garden 1448
Sandro Botticelli-The Virgin and Child or The Madonna of the Book 1480
Filippo Lippi-Madonna and Child 15th century
Gerard David-The rest on the flight to Egypt c. 1510
Raphael-The Madonna of the meadow 1506
William Adolphe Bouguereau - The Madonna of the Lilies 1899