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Hans Holbein the Elder

Hans Holbein the Elder was a German painter. Holbein was born in free imperial city of Augsburg, died in Isenheim, Alsace, he belonged to a celebrated family of painters. He had two sons, both artists and printmakers: Ambrosius Holbein and Hans Holbein the Younger, who both had their first painting lessons from their father; the date of Holbein's birth is unknown. His name appears in the Augsburg tax books in 1494; as early as 1493, Holbein had a following, he worked that year at the abbey at Weingarten, creating the wings of an altarpiece representing Joachim's Offering, the Nativity of the Virgin Mary's Presentation in the Temple, the Presentation of Christ. Today they hang in separate panels in the cathedral of Augsburg. Holbein painted richly colored religious works, his paintings show how he pioneered and led the transformation of German art from the International Gothic to the Renaissance style. In addition to the altar paintings that are his principal works, he designed church windows and woodcuts.

The surviving prints that can be attributed to him are few and a new one has been added to the group, an Annunciation to the Virgin in the collection of the Universitätbibliothek in Erlangen. He made a number of portrait drawings that foreshadow the work of his famous son, Hans Holbein the Younger. Holbein first appears at Augsburg, partnered with his brother Sigismund. Augsburg, at the time of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, cultivated art with a Flemish style, felt the influence of the schools of Bruges and Brussels though it was near Italy, with close commercial connections to Venice. Sigismund was a painter, but Hans had the lead of the partnership and signed all the works they produced. After 1516 Holbein was declared a tax defaulter in Augsburg, which forced him to accept commissions abroad. At Issenheim in Alsace, where Matthias Grünewald was employed at the time, Holbein found patrons and was contracted to complete an altarpiece, his brother Sigismund and others sued him in Augsburg for unpaid debts.

Pursued by Augsburg authorities, he fled Issenheim, abandoning his work and equipment, went to Basel. He died two years at an unknown location. After 1524 his name no longer appeared on the register of the Augsburg guild. Early Renaissance painting Hans Holbein the Elder Gallery

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 was introduced in September 2009 as the third camera in Panasonic's Lumix G-series, using the Micro Four Thirds system. It was the first model in the "GF" line, distinguished from the other Lumix G cameras by the lack of an integrated electronic viewfinder; the design of the DMC-GF1 is similar to that of the Olympus E-P1, introduced a few months earlier. The GF1 is 35% smaller than earlier G models, it has the same 12.1 megapixel sensor as the DMC-G1, 1280 × 720 HD recording in AVCHD Lite format, an optional hot-shoe mounted electronic viewfinder, a 3-inch LCD with 460,000 dots. It was announced at the 2009 Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin consumer electronics exhibition; this model in the Lumix range was claimed by Panasonic as the world's smallest and lightest system digital camera with a built-in flash capability. Although the GF1 is small it still offers many advanced features such as its high definition video recording capability, it offers most of the features of the larger G1, including high speed contrast detect autofocus and an identical sensor.

The GF1's successor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 was announced in November 2010. The GF line has since been extended with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6. Many enthusiasts decried the move away from the GF1's button driven interface and the omission of the top control dial in the GF2 and subsequent models; because of this some feel that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is the GF1's "spiritual successor". Media related to Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 at Wikimedia Commons Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Product Page Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Press Release Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Photos Rumored Micro Four Thirds Panasonic GF1 gets pictured Panasonic unveils DMC-GF1 Micro four-thirds camera Panasonic Lumix GF1 Review at Dpreview Hands On with Panasonic's Tiny SLR The Vimeo Panasonic DMC-GF1 Group Time Lapse Video with the Panasonic DMC-GF1

Oleksandr Muzychko

Oleksandr Ivanovych Muzychko, nicknamed Sashko Bilyi, was a Ukrainian political activist, a member of UNA-UNSO and coordinator of Right Sector in Western Ukraine. Muzychko was a convicted criminal. Russian prosecutors accused him of killing "at least 20" captive Russian soldiers during the First Chechen War; the inquiry by the Russian Investigative Committee began in March 2014, years after the alleged killings. Muzychko had vowed to fight "communists and Russians for as long as blood flows in my veins". Muzychko was born near the Ural Mountains to a Ukrainian father and a Belarusian mother, both deported members of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. During the First Chechen War he led the UNA-UNSO "Viking" group. In 1995 Muzychko was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm to an individual. In 1997 he was accused of attempting to kill a member of UNA-UNSO in Kiev. In 1999 Muzychko was sentenced to 3 years in prison for kidnapping. In 2009 he was accused in a hostile corporate raid. In 2012 he ran for the Ukrainian parliament in the 153rd electoral district coming sixth.

On 27 February 2014, Muzychko attacked the Prosecutor of the Rivne Oblast in his office and threatened to "slay as a dog" the Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov. On 28 February 2014, criminal proceedings were opened against him. On 7 March 2014, ITAR-TASS reported. On 11 March 2014, Russian State Duma opposition leader Valery Rashkin urged Russian special services to "follow Mossad examples" and assassinate Right Sector leaders Dmytro Yarosh and Muzychko. On 24 March 2014 Oleksandr Muzychko was shot dead. There are conflicting stories about. An official inquiry concluded he had shot himself in the heart three times at the end of a police chase. According to Ukrainian MP Oles Doniy, a group of unknown armed people arrived in three Volkswagen minivans and kidnapped Muzychko and five other people from a café near Rivne, they murdered Muzychko behind the café with two gunshots to the heart. In another telling of Doniy's account, a group of attackers forced Muzychko to halt his car, pulled him out of the vehicle, handcuffed him and shot him.

According to the interior ministry of Ukraine, Muzychko died in a shoot-out with police in a café in Rivne. According to the ministry, the police raided the café to arrest Muzychko, but he opened fire while he tried to flee, he was shot. The police were able to capture him and three others, but by the time the paramedics had arrived at the scene, he had died. On 25 March, police stated; this was confirmed by an inquiry by the interior ministry, who concluded he had shot himself in the heart as police tried to bring him to the ground after a chase. The inquiry concluded he had fired resulting in a scratch on his skin, that the police had acted lawfully. Reacting to the news about shooting Dmytro Yarosh leader of Right Sector, called for resignation of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and the arrest of the police officers who came after Muzychko. Unknown member of the Right Sector promised to reprisal to the minister for his death.10 days before his death Alexander Muzychko accused ukrainian police and general prosecutor offices in preparation of his assassination.

According to Volodymyr Yevdokymov, a former officer of the SSU, Muzychko was "neutralised" during special operation of the SSU. In Konotop a street was named after Oleksandr Muzychko. Biography Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Muzychko on Ukrainian-Russian relations Video on YouTube Muzychko displays weapons while speaking to legislators