3 January 1892, 124 Years Ago, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien Was Born

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892 – 1973) – philologist, university professor, writer, poet; a master of literature, a master of languages and a master of fantasy, a man with the most brilliant and unique imagination ever, an author of The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and The Lord of the Rings.



John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was a man who loved and appreciated the noble ideals so much that every book of his is devoted to the struggle for these ideals.

Tolkein, was a man who loved and understood Nature’s harmony and the fragility of it’s beauty so well that he defended it in every written piece of his.

He disliked the industrial development so much that he considered it the most dangerous thing for the World.

Being a  philologist/linguist, he knew the secrets of various old and modern languages so deeply and so perfectly that he created his own imaginary tongues. What is more, he used the seemingly unlimited power of his imagination to create an entire universe with its own history and its own myths and legends that is populated by beings strange and powerful and wise who speak those “long-forgotten” languages.

Lastly, Tolkein was a writer who managed to describe his “second world” with so much talent and realism that we deeply believe in it and at times even forget that this world exists only in his books. 


“J.R.R.Tolkien” – mixed-media on canvas (fragment).

I have shown J.R.R.Tolkien between The Two Trees of Valinor –  “Laurelin (The Golden Tree)” and “Telperion (The Silver Tree)”.
Created: 2013- 2014
Doll’s height : 30,5 cm
Material: sculpted wax, fabric, wire, metal sheet, wood, canvas
Canvas size: 20” x 24”

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“Could just one skinny woman make an actual revolution? Yes, if this woman is – Coco Chanel”

Happy Birthday Coco!

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It is hardly possible to find in History a female figure, who was not a queen or a politician, but could make such a huge influence on human society as Coco Chanel has. I would call her “a leader of feminism in fashion” because she quite fast and easily liberated women from corsets, crinolines, long skirts and nonsensical underwear and successfully dressed them into very practical, comfortable, simple and elegant clothing. She, very harmoniously incorporated in woman’s fashion practically all elements of a traditional man’s costume.

Chanel was born in a poor house. After her mother’s death and father’s disappearance (Chanel was 12 years old) she spent five years in an orphanage where she worked hard, lived in an unheated dormitory, slept on an iron bedstead and ate watered-down porridge. When she closed this miserable and tragic page of her life she desired only one thing – never ever get back to poverty again. And she did not.

Coco Chanel possessed an extraordinary taste and fantastic charisma. She was incredibly stylish, extremely talented, madly ambitious, highly determined, bossy, tough, confident, bitchy and practically indifferent to moral or religious principles. She adored publicity and fame. Once she gained a circle of aristocracy and made the desirable connections she never lost them. She constantly extended and strengthened her position in high society. And this great talent of hers provided a long and brilliant professional career.

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Discover the greatest people of art, literature, science and fashion. Raphael

2. Raphael Santi (Raffaello Santi, Raphael, Raffaello Da Urbino, Raffaello Sanzio) –painter, architect, Director of Antiquities (preservation of Rome’s ancient monuments), entrepreneur


b. 1483 – Urbino, Italy

d. 1520 – Rome, Italy

There were only 37 years between these two dates.

In 1516/1517 year Raphael created The Coronation of Charlemagne fresco (in Vatican, Stanza dell’Incendio, Rome). It was devoted to one important historical fact – the coronation of Emperor Charlemagne, which took place in Vatican Basilica in 800 AD. At that time the Frankish Emperor was crowned by Pope Leo III. Pope Leo X who commissioned Raphael to make this fresco desperately wanted to find a delicate political approach to the French King Francois I (Francis I). He wanted Raphael to illustrate a historical example of the traditional Papal – French alliance. Raphael’s genius resolved this serious issue very easily. In the fresco Raphael painted the Emperor with the features of Francois I.

In 1518/1519 year Pope Leo X made a gift to the wife of Francois I (Francis I). It was the painting of a “Holy Family with Elizabeth, the boy Baptist and two angels”. The painting’s composition was prepared by Raphael himself and finished under his guidance by the artists of his workshop. Was it just another present from one great art patron to the other great art patron? Of course not. It was a gift from the head of the Catholic Church to the King of France. Pope considered France as a political partner. Again he chose art to be his mediator in order to charm the young King. The colourful language of art at that time was even more convincing than the boring political speeches.

Being the main customer who could afford to pay handsomely for large-scale artworks the Catholic Church ever urged painters, sculptors and architects to perfect their skills – to do their absolute best, while at the same time making them her loyal servants. Among these loyal servants Raphael was the best. Why? Because his creativity was practically limitless. He could skillfully depict any historical or biblical subject or even several of them in one fresco or oil painting.

Raphael” – mixed-media on canvas

I have shown Raphael as a very young and handsome man who is opening the symbolic curtain of his fruitful artistic future. The colours were chosen from the Raphael’s early paintings.

Created: 2013

Material: sculpted wax, fabric, wire

Doll’s height: 30 cm (without a hat)

Size: 20′ ‘x 24”

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