Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Archangel Gabriel, 13th Century AD, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reims, France.
Notre Dame at Reims is the first example of the High Gothic style of architecture. It is highly decorated with carving, sculpture and stained glass. It sustained a great deal of damage after the French Revolution and during WWII.
Monday, August 29, 2005
Stonehenge, c.2950 BC, Salisbury Plain, England.
An ancient series of monoliths set in a circular pattern has enchanted and intrigued people for centuries because the original purpose has been lost - there are many theories that attempt to explain the site.
Friday, August 26, 2005
Artist Finger Puppets by the Unemployed Philosophers Guild
Finger puppets of van Gogh, Kahlo, Dali and Monet.
"It turned out that fulfilling gift-giving needs proved to be almost as satisfying as probing eternal questions (maybe not quite)." - The Unemployed Philosophers
Thursday, August 25, 2005
The Hallucinogenic Toreador, 1969-70 by Salvador Dali, the Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL.
Dali conceived this work in an art supply store. It is rich with color and imagery. It features the famous ancient statue of Venus now housed in the Louvre.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Friday, August 19, 2005
Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, 1831 by John Constable, National Gallery London.
This version of the cathedral is the most "romantic" with the horse and cart in the foreground and the rainbow in the background, which was apparently a later addition to the work.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Salisbury Cathedral from Lower Marsh Close, 1820 by John Constable, National Gallery, Washington D.C.
This version was painted after the first one was thought to be "too dark" by the family. The spire is 404 feet tall, the tallest church spire in England. It is a Gothic style structure completed in the 1300's.
Monday, August 15, 2005
Salisbury Cathedral from The River, 1820 by John Constable, National Gallery, London.
Constable painted this work for his friend the Dr. John Fisher, the Bishop of Salisbury and his nephew Archdeacon John Fisher after the Archdeacon was granted the house in the foreground for life.
Friday, August 12, 2005
Group, ©1963 by Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak Archives, Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia
One of the most popular books of my generation has proven to be among the most imaginative children's books ever written. Where the Wild Things Are is a remarkable story with amazing illustrations.