Who is Amedeo Modigliani

Born at Livorno, Italy, in 1884 of a Jewish family, Modigliani early showed signs of an artistic bent. In 1898 he entered the studio of Guglielmo Micheli, a mediocre artist but one who was associated with the most progressive Italian school of art at that time, a group known as the Macchiaioli from their manner of painting with ”macchia" or broken dashes of colour not unlike the French Impressionists. An attack of tuberculosis, which later caused his premature death, forced him to withdraw from the studio. Following a lengthy recovery he visited Rome and continued his formal training in the Academies of Florence and Venice. The few extant letters from this period reveal the young artist straining against a conventional, academic outlook on life and art. It is not surprising that by 1906 Modigliani was ready to depart for Paris where, except for two short visits to Livorno, he remained until his death in 1920.

Throughout his life Modigliani concentrated on a single theme, the human…


APE MAN The brain size of Australopithecus, who lived in Africa some 5 million years ago, was about 480 ee-little larger than that of the apes he resembled, and only one-third the size of modem man’s. His jaws were powerful, to chew raw meat  ‘1470 MAN’ The most startling fact
about the 2g-million -year-ola' skull found by Richard Leakey in Kenya
in 1972 23 that its brain capacity is
about 800 60double that of a
chimpanzee, and well on the way towards modern man ’5 1450 cc


FOWLERS AND FISHERMEN OF NORTHERN EUROPE After the end of the last Ice Age the peoples of northern Europe had to adjust to living in forested lands where animals were harder to track. Many of them turned to the seas, rivers and lakes for food. These hunters, who lived in the northern plains of Europe 10,000 years ago, made dug-out canoes and jished with spears whose barbed prongs were carved from the antlers of the red deer. As well as catching hsh, they gathered shell-fish and speared or trapped water fowl; they also used domesticated dogs as retrievers. The forest trees were birch and pine, as the climate was still not warm enough for such deciduous trees as the oak. elm. ash and lime


FISH GODS OF I‘HE DANUBE These stone heads, with fish-like features but no bodies, were carved in about 5000 BC by Stone Age men living in a settled communiy of 59 houses at Lepenslci Vir, in what is now north-west Yugoslavia. The settlement was on the banks of the Danube, and the river probably provided the settlers with much of their food. The carvings, which were found at the centre of the houses, may represent jish gods revered by the settlers

Africa - Buildings


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