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Portrait artist Peter Engels

Painter Peter EngelsPortrait artist and communication specialist Peter Engels (b. 1959, Antwerp) failed drawing in school. His teacher simply did not believe that Peter Engels drew his own drawing. These days Peter Engels paints vintage portraits in sepia hues using a pallet knife. Peter Engels was the first artist whose work was exhibited on the largest billboard worldwide, in Times Square, New York. Since then his art career has flourished. Prince Albert of Monaco acquired Engels's vintage portrait of Grace Kelly. Other luminaries portrayed include Marlon Brando, The Beatles, Luciano Pavarotti, the Dalai Lama and many more, including Hippocrates and Mahatma Gandhi. Peter Engels is commissioned to paint portraits of families, CEOs, politicians and other famous people. Noble-House supports pictorial art, like that of Peter Engels, Nico Vrielink and Louis Nagelkerke.

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portrait artist Peter Engels at www.peterengels.eu

Hippocrates painted by Peter Engels

Hippocrates Amanprana: Let food be your medicine painter Peter Engels

Artist Peter Engels painted the portrait of Hippocrates (100 x 200 cm), the father of Western medicine. He drew inspiration from the few sculptures of Hippocrates, which have been preserved. He added the Caduceus as a medical symbol, which in Ancient Hellas symbolised peace, protection, healing, unity and reconciliation. Nutrition is a cornerstone of our health, according to Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine and a philosopher. Before a physician can open a practice he takes the Hippocratic Oath. Hippocrates distinguished between science and natural philosophy. He stressed the importance of hygiene in patients and their physicians. Healthy nutritional habits, the importance of fresh air, the body's self-restorative ability and the homeostatic balance were the main components of his therapy as a physician in Ancient Greece (c. 460-370 BC). Hippocrates proclaimed: 'Let food be your medicine'. Like so many other well-known philosophers (Nikola Tesla, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Edison and Charles Darwin) Hippocrates was a vegetarian.

At Amanprana we are inspired by Hippocrates' dictum: 'let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.' We at Amanprana believe in the sum and not the parts. That is why we try to ensure that our products undergo as little processing as possible and we prefer not to use any isolates. They are organic and vegetarian (like Hippocrates) and also fair trade and fair world where possible.

Mahatma Gandhi by Peter Engels

Mahatma Gandhi by Peter Engels

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) was an Indian lawyer, politician and vegetarian. In Sanskrit Mahatma means 'great soul' or magnanimous. Indians often refer to Mahatma as "Bapu" or father. Gandhi lived in South Africa for some time where he opposed the Pass Law. He led the struggle for Indian independence (civil disobedience movement, Quit India), is credited with shaping the modern Indian nation (protested against the Towlett Act), built schools and hospitals, tried to reconcile Hindus with Muslims and was a great believer in active non-violence as a means of revolution.

Some of his statements: 'There is enough for everyone's need but not for everyone's greed' or 'To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body'. Gandhi on jaggery or gula java: 'Sugar (refined cane and beet sugar) directly enters the blood, increasing blood sugar and too much sugar is turned into fat. Our body needs more time to digest gula java (coconut blossom sugar / palm sugar) meaning blood sugar increases only slightly." 'It is our duty to eat food in moderation, as a medicine, to support the body. When food floods the body, then the pleasure disappears." His personal diet consisted of 1 litre of goat's milk; 150g wheat; 75g leaf vegetables; 125g other vegetables; 25g lettuce; 40g ghee and 40-50g coconut blossom sugar (gula java / palm sugar).

On 5 May 1939 Gandhi proclaimed: The juice of the coconut tree can be transformed into a sugar as soft as honey… Nature created this product such that it could not be processed in factories. Palm sugar can only be produced in palm tree habitats. Local populations can easily turn the nectar into coconut blossom sugar. It is a way to solve the world's poverty. It is also an antidote against misery."

Gandhi, non-violence and vegetarianism.

Mahatma Gandhi was also concerned about animals. Non-violence should also apply to animals. A person who is dedicated to "ahimsa" (non-violence) beautifully demonstrates this by not inflicting harm on even the smallest animal. Mahatma Gandhi was a lacto-vegetarian. Although he did consume goat's milk, he avoided meat. He was a member of the Vegetarian Society and addressed it in 1931 in the United Kingdom: "If anybody said that I should die if I did not take beef tea or mutton, even on medical advice, I would prefer death." Gandhi felt that the moral reason for a vegetarian lifestyle was important. He stated that those who opted in favour of a vegetarian lifestyle for health reasons were the most susceptible to give up. Those who chose to do so for ethical reasons were convinced for a longer time or even forever. Ahimsa (non-violence): Mahatma Gandhi proclaimed: 'Spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants. I think animal testing is a terrible idea. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence", Gandhi said.

Gandhi proclaimed that seasonal vegetables had to be as fresh as possible, and where possible eaten raw. He did not think that fruit was a necessity.

Hippocrates by portrait artist Peter Engels Hippocrates and Amanprana: Let food be your medicine by painter Peter Engels Gandhi Gula Java sugar coconut blossom (organic coconut sugar) as an antidote against misery Noble-house Amanprana organic food serene vitality