Promoting metal as art and culture

Amos Nattini

A great artist perhaps not so well known to the general public, who lived in Oppiano, right on the banks of the Taro, at Gaiano, and he has had in his land a great source of inspiration. Famous for the illustration of Dante’s Divine Comedy, consisting of a set of tables of great beauty, but…

Alphonse Osbert

Alphonse Osbert (23 March 1857 – 11 August 1939) was a French Symbolist painter. Educated at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, his earliest passion was for the great Spanish masters, particularly Jusepe de Ribera. A shift away from his academic style took place in the late 1880s under the influence of several acquaintances associated with…

Alphonse Mucha

Alphonse Marie Mucha, a Czech-born artist, was raised in a strict Roman Catholic environment, and the religious tradition of rich decoration was later to play an important part in his art. Mucha’s style is marked by a wealth of luxurious details; he used muted colors, gold leaf, complicated and delicate patterns, and intricately intertwined lines-the…

Alphonse Legros

Alphonse Legros (8 May 1837 – 8 December 1911), painter, etcher and sculptor was born in Dijon. His father was an accountant, and came from the neighbouring village of Véronnes. Young Legros frequently visited the farms of his relatives, and the peasants and landscapes of that part of France are the subjects of many of…

Alphonse de Neuville

Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville (31 May 1835 – 18 May 1885) was a French Academic painter who studied under Eugène Delacroix. His dramatic and intensely patriotic subjects illustrated episodes from the Franco-Prussian War, the Crimean War, the Zulu War and portraits of soldiers. Some of his works have been collected by the Hermitage Museum in St.…

Allaert Claesz

Aertgen Claesz. van Leyden (Leiden, c. 1498 – Leiden, c. 1564), also known as Allaert or Aert van Leyden, was a 16th-Century Dutch painter, draughtsman and designer of stained glass. Works by this artist can be found at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New…

Alfred Rethel

Alfred Rethel (1816 – December 1, 1859) was a German history painter. Rethel was born in Aachen in 1816. He showed an interest in art in his early life, and at the age of thirteen, he executed a drawing which procured his admission to the Academy of Düsseldorf. Here he studied for several years, and…

Alfred Leopold Isidor Kubin

Alfred Leopold Isidor Kubin (10 April 1877 – 20 August 1959) was an Austrian printmaker, illustrator and occasional writer. Kubin is considered an important representative of Symbolism and Expressionism.  Kubin was born in Bohemia in the town of Litomice, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. From 1892 to 1896, he was apprenticed to…

Alexandre-Marie Colin

Alexandre-Marie Colin, a French painter of historical and genre subjects, was born in Paris in 1798. He was a pupil of Girodet. His religious and historical paintings are characterised by a style based on a careful study of the old masters, while his genre pieces are vigorous and life-like. Amongst these latter may be noticed…

Alexandre Seon

Alexandre Séon (1855, Chazelles-sur-Lyon, Loire – 1917) was a French Symbolist artist, illustrator and decorator. Séon studied at the Beaux-Arts of Lyon and Paris, becoming a student of Puvis de Chavannes in 1891, with whom he later collaborated. He was closely associated with Joséphin Péladan and his Salon de la Rose-Croix, and designed the frontispiece…

Alessandro Allori

Alessandro di Cristofano di Lorenzo del Bronzino Allori (31 May 1535 – 22 September 1607) was an Italian portrait painter of the late Mannerist Florentine school. Born in Florence, in 1540, after the death of his father, he was brought up and trained in art by a close friend, often referred to as his ‘uncle’,…

Albrecht Durer

The National Gallery has acquired its first oil painting by Albrecht Durer. It is the only example by the 15th-century German artist to be found in any British museum. By Andrew Graham-Dixon. Almost unnoticed, Neil MacGregor, director of the National Gallery, has been determinedly pursuing an unfashionable but enlightened acquisitions policy. He has been buying…

Albrecht Altdorfer

Albrecht Altdorfer (c. 1480 – February 12, 1538) was a German painter, printmaker and architect of the Renaissance era. He acquired an interest in art from his father, Ulrich Altdorfer, who was a painter and miniaturist. At the start of his career, he won public attention by creating small, intimate modestly scaled works in unconventional…

Master

Master interview with Paul Speckmann Master is the most well-known project of bassist, vocalist, and songwriter Paul Speckmann. They were well known in the early extreme metal underground, being both one of the first death metal bands, and one of the most influential alongside Death in the emerging death metal scene. The band began in 1983,…

Alberto Martini

Alberto Martini (November 24, 1876 – November 8, 1954) was an Italian painter, engraver, illustrator and graphic designer. Critics have described Martini’s range of work from “elegant and epic” to “grotesque and macabre” and consider him one of the precursors of Surrealism. Martini was born in Oderzo, Veneto and received his early training in drawing and…

Killustrations Bjoern Goosses

Interview with Killustrations artist Bjoern Goosses Born in the small town of Wesel in the year when Elvis Presley died and AC/DC released „For those about to rock”, Bjoern Goosses has always been a thoroughbred artist, expressing himself through music, poetry & imagery. After taking the first muscial steps by covering death metal classics in a schoolmate´s…

Blynd

Blynd Interview with Andres Bringing the noise from the island of Cyprus, BLYND is one of the island’s most established bands, playing a powerful melodic death/groove thrash mixture. With 2 EPs and a full length album reeling in rave reviews, as well as a myriad of live shows under their belt, the band has upped…

Albert-Joseph Penot

Albert Joseph Pénot (1862–1930) was a French painter known for female nudes. Today, he is more popularly and specifically recognized for a subset of paintings centring on women of darker, more macabre themes. Pénot was concerned first and foremost with anatomically accurate portrayals of women. Singular female forms were the implicit focus of his work, whereas the…

Albert von Keller

He was born at Gais, in Switzerland; he studied at the Munich Academy under Lenbach and Ramberg, and must be counted among the leading colourists of the modern German school. Travels in Italy, France, England and Holland, and a prolonged sojourn in Paris, helped to develop his style. He was awarded gold medals in Munich…

Albert Pinkham Ryder

The Spouter Inn, New Bedford, in Melville’s Moby Dick, had on its wall a strange painting, ”thoroughly besmoked, and every way defaced”, with such ”unaccountable masses of shades and shadows, that at first you almost thought some ambitious young artist, in the time of the England hags, had endeavoured to delineate chaos bewitched.” It was ”a boggy,…