Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Group

Sparrows, Edo Period, by Kubo Shunman, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Woodblock print, Ukiyo-e "pictures of the floating world. These prints were created to be affordable and to appeal to a broad audience.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Arts and Crafts

Jewel Box, c. 1900 by Archibald Knox, MoMA, NY.

Knox used Celtic designs as influence for the line of precious metal products he designed for the famous Liberty & Co. department store in London. His line was introduced in 1903.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

It was the 70's


This is my project from my 8th grade art class - 1st hour.

I got a B+/A- and I believe the teacher was being generous.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Small Details

Nosegay of Violets, c.1503 by Albrecht Dürer, Albertina, Vienna.

Dürer's paintings and engravings are still compelling and popular 500 years after he lived and worked. He is considered the greatest German artist of the Northern Renaissance for his paintings and most especially his graphic work. his skill came from apprenticeship in metalwork whose exactly methods made for highly detailed etchings and engravings.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Blue Dog

Blue Period, 1981 by William Wegman, Pace Gallery, NY.

This work references Picasso's Blue period.

There is a William Wegman retrospective called Funney/Strange at the Wexner Center, OSU in Columbus, OH that is full of a lot of interesting pieces from his career. He did these paintings where he used real postcards and worked them into a painting.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Natural Shapes

Teco Vase, early 20th century, Terra Cotta Tile Works - Teco Pottery Line.

Teco's matte finishes and organic shapes have become synonymous with the Prairie School movement. Frank Lloyd Wright had them produce some of his designs.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Working Together

Garden Study of the Vickers Children by John Singer Sargent, Flint Institute of Arts.

This study is very similar in subject and lay-out to the finished painting entitled Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose which was painted the following year.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Two-Tiered Still Life by Severin Roesen, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The still-life study of the colorful fruit in this painting is framed by a spectacular landscape scene. One of the most difficult aspects of a still-life to get right is making the objects at the front look like they are laying realistically on the table - Roesen does it well in this 19th century painting.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Keeping Track of Time

Aztec Calendar, National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

Mistakenly identified as a calendar, this was a large stone used in sacrificial ceremonies. The Aztec calendar is based on 20 day signs, which are in turn each ruled by a god.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Star Dragon

Dragon of Marduk, Neo-Babylonian, Reign of Nebuchadnezzar II, Detroit Institute of Arts.

The Latin word for dragon, draco means both dragon and snake. This glazed brick representation of a dragon comes from Babylon of the fabled Hanging Gardens. The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin has recreated the Ishtar Gate which depicts many guardian animals, both mystical and real.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Painted Windows

2nd Style Roman Painting c.40-30 B.C., The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Second style combines naturalistic scenes with architectural elements. Perspective was not fully developed for roughly 1500 years, so what the scenes lacked in realism they made-up for in creativity and imagination.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Building Bridges

Woman with a Cat, 1921 by Fernand Léger, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ©1999 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Léger's early study of architecture can be seen in the lines and lay-out of his paintings. His artwork is a bridge between the two worlds.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Too Close to the Sun

The Chariot of Apollo, c.1912 by Odilon Redon, MoMA, New York.

The Chariot of Apollo has been painted a number of different times throughout history, but Redon's version is probably the most ethereal. He was a member of the Symbolist movement.

Thursday, November 01, 2007


The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown, Tate Collection

Brown was a huge influence on the Pre-Raphaelites. He is often grouped together with them even though he was considerably older than them and had been working for years. He received his training in Belgium and Paris.
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