Sunday, February 27, 2011

Online Library

I happened upon a really wonderful blog today called "Curious Pages" which features the most amazing children's books. Some of the books I remembered reading and some of them I had never seen before. They include some examples of the illustrations and a synopsis of the story - with some wry comments.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Not What it Seems

Study from the Palace of the Duke of Urbino, 1476, now house in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Commissioned by Frederico da Montefeltro, duke of Urbino for a palace in Gubbio near Perugia, Italy, but now part of the collection of The Met. This room is an example of the trompe l'oeil, or "fool the eye" technique. Small pieces of wood are inlaid in patterns to resemble actual objects.

Art Histroy Humor

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Beautiful Connections

Penelope Unraveling her Work by Dora Wheeler, 1886, textile, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Wheeler and her mother ran an interior design firm and Dora Wheeler did some original textiles for the firm. This piece is featured in the Connections/Poetry by Jennette Mullaney. The Cleveland Museum of Art also has a wonderful portrait of Dora Wheeler, which features a textile (with fighting cats) behind her done by her teacher William Merritt Chase.

Portrait of Dora Wheeler by William Merritt Chase, 1882-83, The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Google Art Project

Check out the Google Art Project. It lets you visit some of the finest museums in the world without leaving home. You can see how the most famous art pieces in the world look in their homes.
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