Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Winter Memories (I hope).



Winter, c. 1608 by Hendrick Avercamp, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

A winter scene in a town with people playing on the ice and working. He liked to paint lively scenes with people all different types of things.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Same Name



Starry Night, c. 1893, by Edvard Munch, The J. Paul Getty Museum.

Munch is the Symbolist painter best known for The Scream. He was from Norway but traveled and studied in Paris and admired van Gogh.




Starry Night, 1899 by Vincent van Gogh, MOMA, NYNY.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Surprise



The Doni Tondo by Michelangelo Buonarroti, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.

This painting made fools of some of 20th Century art historians. For a long time, they went on and on about how Michelangelo preferred to work in "browns and umbers" based on what they saw in the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. So, when it was cleaned and all of these bright colors started appearing, the erroneous conclusion that Michelangelo preferred to work in dark colors had to be revised. Given that a work like the Doni Tondo was well known, they should not have been surprised.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Stark



Nighthawks, 1942 by Edward Hopper, The Art Institute of Chicago.

One of the most popular paintings in the AIC's collection people are intrigued by the familiar scene and the loneliness Hopper captures.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Hemlines



Little Dancer Age Fourteen, c.1920-21 by Edgar Degas, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha.

In response to a question regarding the skirt the dancer wears, I am posting this image of the Joslyn's Dancer whose skirt was modified in (with controversy) in response to the idea that the young dancer would be wearing a fuller and longer skirt similar to others seen in Degas' paintings. Ordinarily, the shorter net skirt is replaced as needed with a duplicate often dyed with tea to look old. In this case the curator felt the longer, more modest, skirt was more appropriate.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Birds of a Feather



Roseate Spoonbill by John James Audubon from Birds of America.

Audubon was trained with famous Neo-Classicist Jacques-Louis David and used his skills to capture the and document the birds of America a scientific and artistic masterpiece. It remains one of the most important works on ornithology.
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