Monday, October 30, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
Susanna Fourment, 1622-25 by Peter Paul Rubens, National Gallery, London.
A portrait of Rubens' sister-in-law, who was widowed by the time this was painted. Her sister was Rubens' second wife. Rubens' was the most famous and popular painter of the 17th century. His paintings of full-figured females have spawned the term "rubenisque" to describe voluptuous figures.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, 1845 by George Caleb Bingham, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Bingham studied art in the US and in Europe, he lived in Missouri where his family had moved when he was a child. Bingham eventually took up a life in politics.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in his Gallery at Brussels, c. 1651 by David Teniers, Gemäldegalerie, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
We are so used to seeing large expanses of wall surrounding works of art, but that is really only a 20th century method of hanging paintings, for years it was done like the gallery in this painting - floor to ceiling, stacked on top of each other.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
The Lamentation by Giotto di Bondone, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua.
The emotion and naturalism found in Giotto's 14th century frescos are among the reasons he is considered one of the founders of modern painting and his style paved the way for the artists of the Renaissance to follow. His understanding of space and the use of the landscape as a means to lead the viewer to the primary action in the scene, was revolutionary.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Symphony in White No.2: Little White Girl by James Abbot McNeill Whistler, Tate Gallery, London.
The Japanese theme in Whistler's art can be seen in the decorations around the figure of the woman. Around the mid 19th century Japanese influences began to appear in Europe and became quite fashionable.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Dragonfly Wallpaper, c.1905 by Zulma Steele, Byrdcliffe Arts and Crafts Colony, Woodstock NY, Private Collection.
Byrdcliffe was a Arts and Crafts Colony started by Jane and Ralph Whitehead as a Utopian community based on the ideals and writings of John Ruskin and William Morris, where like-minded artists, craftspeople, writers and architects could gather, share and practice their crafts.