Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Self-Portrait with Fur-Trimmed Robe, 1500 by Albrecht Dürer, Alte Pinakothek, Munich.
Dürer was fully aware of his reference to paintings of Jesus Christ when he created this self-portrait. He did a series of self-portraits through-out his career. He writes in Latin "Thus I, Albrecht Dürer from Nuremberg, portrayed myself with characteristic colors in my 28th year."
Monday, November 20, 2006
The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck, National Gallery London.
Painted in the 15th century, this work is full of symbolism all meant to bring good luck to the marriage of this couple. van Eyck and his brother Hubert are often credited with inventing oil painting.
Details of image
Friday, November 17, 2006
Ocean Park No. 67 by Richard Diebenkorn, Private Collection.
Diebenkorn taught at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco where one of his students was Mark Rothko. This is part of the Ocean series which features paintings constructed with large blocks of colors influenced by nature.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Melittion, 1882 by Frederic Lord Leighton, Auckland Art Gallery.
Although this figure is dressed in the classical style, a clear reference to a Greek character could not be found. In a play from 1818 by Austrian Franz Grillparzer called Sappho there is a character called Melitta, who vies with Sappho for the love of the young man Phaon.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Niagara Falls,1843 by Karl Bodmer, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha NE.
Karl Bodmer traveled with Prince Maximilian of Wiedneuwied as he explored the Missouri river. Bodmer was in charge of capturing images of the new and wonderful people, animals and places they encountered.