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Then & Now

This is one of my favorite sections of Art Filled Days. It just seems in man’s nature to capture images of the world around us. Artists have been drawing, painting and photographing their world since the days we all still lived in caves. Well, OK, maybe we haven’t been taking photos that long but you get the picture.

Part of what makes this concept of preserving what our world looked like while we were in it so interesting is seeing how it has changed since. Then & Now is where I compare vintage images from Reusable Art and famous paintings from The Famous Artists with how those same locations look today.

Together we can explore how places may have changed through the years or may have remained much the same as they were. From historical buildings to harbors, cities and other structures we can see how time has changed them, how man has re-purposed them or how they have grown far beyond what the original artist could have ever imagined.

The Arch of Constantine

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Take a stroll through art related to the Arch of Constantine that begins 17 centuries ago and travesl through the last three via different views and interpretations of the famous Arch.

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Bergen op Zoom

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This installment of then and now visits Bergen op Zoom, a charming medieval town in the Netherlands. We visit the city as it was in 1570, learn about its role in the Dutch War for Independence and take a look at the thriving community it is today.

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Kapellbrücke – The Chapel Bridge

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Kapellbrücke or The Chapel Bridge is perhaps the most famous historical landmark in all of Switzerland. It is certainly the pride of the city of Lucerne. After finding a drawing of the bridge from 1886 to add to Reusable Art, I thought it would make a great piece for my Then and Now series on Art Filled Days. The bridge has centuries of history and is the only one of it’s kind.

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Rouen France

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In 1869, the Dutch artist Johann Jongkind (1818 – 1891) shared with the world what he saw when he looked at the river Seine. View of Rouen, in a larger size, appears on The Famous Artists. Both the city and the port have changed greatly since then.

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Greenwich Hospital

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We found a wonderful vintage drawing of Greenwich Hospital in London as seen from the Thames. We wondered if the building was still standing and how it was being used today. Not only is it still standing, it’s as beautiful as ever!

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