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Big Dipper - Art Journal

The Big Dipper is the most visible part of the Ursa Major, consisting  of seven stars. In numerology, number seven alludes to depth and.  wisdom, always (re)searching for more, a symbol for culture’s.  endless possibilities. Considered to be the ‘female bear’ of the sky, it also hints at metamorphosis,, especially because it is strongly tied to Callisto, a nymph, and Zeus’ lover. In fact, Callisto is turned into a bear by Hera, symbolic of art and artistic creation.

In this section, our writers explore everything culture and art related. What does art reflect on a broader scale? How does it impact societal structures, beliefs and how broad can we get when speaking of artworks? This section is the place to read about interdisciplinary questions, the culmination of human creative expression and why culture may be the key to exploring and expanding (the limits of) human potential.

Edition V. Growth and Power

January 11, 2023

The Emperor's New Clothes : The legitimation of the Hapsburg dynasty through the use of clothing

Amalia Pascual del Riquelme Verdejo

During each moment in history, the human necessity of covering, identifying and expressing oneself has been approached differently. One of the tools that the new Habsburg dynasty used when Charles V inherited the crown in 1520, creating their image of power, which simultaneously reinforced and legitimised the new monarchy: their clothing....READ MORE

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Growth and Power: The history of auction houses

Anastasiia Tkachenko

To begin with, I would like to explain in simple terms what trade is, in order to discuss the history of auction houses in the context of art business and the commercial world as a whole. It is pretty easy to see the parallels between modern-day understandings of sales in a business, as any trade has two fundamental aspects: buying and selling...READ MORE

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Origins and Birth

January 12, 2022

The iconography of Santiago Matamoros

in Compostela. A Paradox.

Helena Santidrián Mas

In this article, Helena explores this paradox, which is worsened by the fact that the Catholic diocese of Compostela constantly tries to escape controversies by removing some of the figures or denying any discussion around the iconography. All this can be linked to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, to the damaging of conquerors' monuments and to the debate around the removal of the statues...READ MORE

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Helena Santidrián Mas (she/her)

Milan, London, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela

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