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On this Day: October 21, 1581 | Birthday of Domenichino

21 October 1581: Birthday of Domenichino, Italian painter (d. 1641) (Source) Domenico Zampieri (US: /ˌtsɑːmpiˈɛəri, ˌzɑːm-/,[1] Italian: [doˈmeːniko ddzamˈpjɛːri]; October 21, 1581 – April 6, 1641), known by the diminutive Domenichino (US: /doʊˌmeɪnɪˈkiːnoʊ, –ˌmɛn-/,[1][2] Italian: [domeniˈkiːno]) after his shortness, was an Italian Baroque painter of the Bolognese School of painters. (Source)Continue Reading

On this Day: October 20, 1958 | Birthday of Viggo Mortensen

20 October 1958: Birthday of Viggo Mortensen, American-Danish actor and producer (Source) Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr. (/ˈviːɡoʊ ˈmɔːrtənsən/;[citation needed] Danish: [ˈviko ˈmɒːtn̩sn̩]; born October 20, 1958)[2] is an American actor, author, musician, photographer, poet, and painter. Born in New York to a Danish father and American mother, he lived in ArgentinaContinue Reading

On this Day: October 19, 1882 | Birthday of Umberto Boccioni

19 October 1882: Birthday of Umberto Boccioni, Italian painter and sculptor (d. 1916) (Source) Umberto Boccioni (US: /boʊˈtʃoʊni, bɒˈ-, bɔːˈ-/,[1][2][3] Italian: [umˈbɛrto botˈtʃoːni]; 19 October 1882 – 17 August 1916) was an influential Italian painter and sculptor. He helped shape the revolutionary aesthetic of the Futurism movement as one of itsContinue Reading

On this Day: October 17, 1962 | Death of Natalia Goncharova

17 October 1962: Death of Natalia Goncharova, Russian painter, costume designer, and set designer (b. 1882) (Source) Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova (Russian: Ната́лья Серге́евна Гончаро́ва; July 3, 1881 – October 17, 1962) was a Russian avant-garde artist, painter, costume designer, writer, illustrator, and set designer. Goncharova’s lifelong partner was fellow Russian avant-gardeContinue Reading

On this Day: October 15, 1906 | Birthday of Victoria Spivey

15 October 1906: Birthday of Victoria Spivey, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1976) (Source) Victoria Regina Spivey (October 15, 1906 – October 3, 1976),[1][2] sometimes known as Queen Victoria,[3] was an American blues singer and songwriter. During a recording career that spanned 40 years, from 1926 to the mid-1960s, sheContinue Reading

The East German Ampelmännchen turns 60

Ampelmännchen (German: [ˈampl̩ˌmɛnçən] (listen); literally little traffic light man, diminutive of Ampelmann [ampl̩ˈman]) is the symbol shown on pedestrian signals in Germany. Prior to German reunification in 1990, the two German states had different forms for the Ampelmännchen, with a generic human figure in West Germany, and a generally “male”Continue Reading

On this Day: October 13, 1929 | Birthday of Walasse Ting

13 October 1929: Birthday of Walasse Ting, Chinese-American painter and poet (d. 2010) (Source) Walasse Ting (Chinese: 丁雄泉, October 13, 1929 – May 17, 2010)[1] was a Chinese-American visual artist and poet. His colorful paintings have attracted critical admiration and a popular following. Common subjects include nude women and cats,Continue Reading

On this Day: October 12, 1928 | Birthday of Al Held

12 October 1928: Birthday of Al Held, American painter and academic (d. 2005) (Source) Al Held (October 12, 1928 – July 27, 2005) was an American Abstract expressionist painter. He was particularly well known for his large scale Hard-edge paintings.[1] As an artist, multiple stylistic changes occurred throughout his career,Continue Reading