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Cross of Lorraine

In history, wild card on February 1, 2012 at 9:39 am

The Cross of Lorraine (French: Croix de Lorraine) is originally a heraldic cross. The two-barred cross consists of a vertical line crossed by two smaller horizontal bars. In the ancient version, both bars were of the same length. In 20th century use it is “graded” with the upper bar being the shortest. The Lorraine name has come to signify several cross variations, including the patriarchal cross with its bars near the top.

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Ivan Bilibin

In art, history on February 1, 2012 at 9:15 am

Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (1876 – 1942) was a 20th-century illustrator and stage designer who took part in the Mir iskusstva and contributed to the Ballets Russes. Throughout his career, he was inspired by Slavic folklore.Bilibin gained renown in 1899, when he released his illustrations of Russian fairy tales.

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Andres Serrano

In art, wild card on February 1, 2012 at 8:58 am

Andres Serrano (born August 15, 1950 in New York City) is an American photographer and artist who has become notorious through his photos of corpses and his use of feces and bodily fluids in his work, notably his controversial work “Piss Christ“, a red-tinged photograph of a crucifix submerged in a glass container of what was purported to be the artist’s own urine.

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