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The hand gesture showing the middle fingers together has been variously described as a ‘W’ or ‘pseudo-zygodactylous gesture’ or the ‘El Greco gesture’. It seems to have originated in late renaissance or Mannerism period from 1520 to the late 17th century, and was subsequently adopted by many artists in later periods. El Greco was not the first to use this ...


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The painting is definitively from Rudolf Claudus, an Italian Navy officer and a great marine painter. The number XXII refers to the year 22 of the Fascist Era (starting 29 October 1922), ie 1944. Your ancestor surely got it when based in Italy, probably bought it from the painter. There are 3 books on him printed by the historical institute of the ...


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According to the common version of the myth, Theseus left her in Naxos. He probably sailed more than one day from Naxos to Athens, with stops on his way. So this is not his final leg which is shown in the picture. In those time sailing at night was unusual. They tried to spend nights on the shore, which was possible in most cases because of the abundance of ...


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