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The Sculptor of Italian descent Desiderio de Settignano died in Florence
He mainly worked there creating works under the influence of Donatello and Della Robbia. Small children, busts and the Madonna were some of his favorite themes. -1464

The Italian architect Antonio Bibiena was born in Parma
He constructed numerous theaters and then decorated their interiors. His most important contribution to society is the Teatro Comunale in Bologne. -1700

The Norwegian painter Thomas Fearnley died in Munich
He was a disciple of Dresde and one of the most important exponents of Norwegian Romantic painting. -1842

Arnold Bröcklin, the Swiss painter, died in Fiésole
He made landscapes in the Romantic tradition reflecting Italian influences. Bröcklin preferred luminous colors and was also fond of painting self-portraits. -1901

Champion of Abstract Expressionism and one of the movement's chief exponents, Clement Greenberg was born
He helped elevate the emerging movement into a major art form. Greenberg was highly influential in the life of Jackson Pollock. He was not a believer of the Pop and Conceptual Art movements and wrote little on art after the 1960s. -1909

The Spanish painter Benjamin Palencia Pérez died in Madrid
The fact that he was self-taught did not hinder his becoming one of the most well known contemporary plastic artists of his time. He mostly painted landscapes depicting harvesting, planting and farm scenes in brilliant color. In 1978 he received the Gold Medal of Fine Arts. -1980

Italian painter Renato Guttuso died in his home in Rome
He was 75 years old. Guttoso was one of the most notable painters of this century. In addition to his contributions to the art world he was also a gifted politician who at one time held the position of senator. -1987

The Museum of Modern Art in New York presented the exhibition "For 20 Years: Shellmann Editions"
The event commemorated the 20th anniversary of pioneering events by artists such as: Andy Warhol, Gerhard Merz, Mimmo Paladino, Joseph Beuys and Richard Long among others. -1990

The exhibition "The Woman in Mexico" began at the Cultural Center for Contemporary Art in Mexico City
All of the greatest female Mexican artists were featured during this stupendous event. -1991

The collection of photographs of Allan Chasanoff was exhibited at the Museum of Fine arts, Houston
Mr. Chasanoff donated 950 photographs by 500 different photographers to the museum. This exhibition focused on post World War II photos. -1994

One of Germany's most important postwar artists Sigmar Polke held the first UK retrospective of his works in Liverpool's Tate Gallery
It was made up of more than 60 paintings from the 1960s to the present. -1995

A claim was made stating that the painting "The Virgin and Child with St. Anne and the Infant St. John" by Leonardo da Vinci at the National Gallery in London was damaged beyond repair and remade by the Royal Academy student Eric Hebborn
Independent producers Ben Gooder and Paddy, without Hebborn's knowledge, taped the statement. He said that he was commissioned by Sir Henry Rushbury from the Royal Academy to remake the painting in exchange for a scholarship to Rome. -1996

A National Gallery touring exhibition called Venice Through Canaletto's Eyes, showing 20 of his most beautiful Venetian scenes, was on view at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, in Swansea, England
Drawn from the Royal Collection in Windsor, the British Museum and galleries around the country, the show aimed to take visitors on a stroll around Venice, starting at the Grand Canal and working along to St Mark's Square. -1999

The Royal Academy of Arts opened the exhibit titled "1900: Art at the Crossroads"
The Royal Academy and the Guggenheim Museum of Art in New York organized a major anthology of paintings and sculpture that surveys the year 1900. Works by Cezanne, Degas, Gauguin, Munch, Klimt, Rodin and Toulouse-Lautrec were shown. The exhibit brought together about 250 paintings and a selection of sculptures. Those artists who in 1900 were considered as avant-garde, or were entirely disregarded but are now seen as great masters could be seen alongside those who were acclaimed at the time. Works by Cezanne, Degas, Gauguin, Munch, Klimt, Rodin and Toulouse-Lautrec were shown. Additionally, others who were then only beginning to emerge as revolutionary figures such as Kandinsky, Nolde, Balla, Matisse and Picasso were also exhibited. -2000

 


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