Category Archives: Art History

Girl with the Facebook Photo

Hee hee. Profile pic with pearl earring? It would be fun to be Facebook friends with classic works of art. The Degas ballerinas could post pictures of themselves fishing for people to tell them they don't look fat. Gauguin’s bathers would get their own Facebook album titled “Spring Break gettin’ jiggy in Daytona!” And Michelangelo’s […]

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Brooklyn Bridge, Erika Klein

Watching Ken Burns’ Brooklyn Bridge, where a brief shot of this fantastic, cubist-y drawing was featured. Sadly, NO record of it is on the net except this tiny reproduction by the Art Institute of Chicago, where it’s held off-display. There’s not much about the artist on Wikipedia, either.

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http://www.arashandkelly.co.uk/Genius_Table.htm A small table made out of a giant notepad. Hugely inspiring, though I suspect the real “genius” would be copying the idea and making your own – it couldn’t cost more than $25 for all the parts. For starving artists, saving money is as inspiring as a blank sheet.

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Chicago L.org: Advertisements – 1920s Transit Posters

http://www.chicago-l.org/ads/1920sPosters/ Art deco travel (transit, at that!) posters – is there anything more clean or satisfyingly beautiful in the art world?

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Pigments through the Ages – detailed pigment histories, recipes

http://webexhibits.org/pigments/ “Pigments Through the Ages…” I’m sure this is actually quite fascinating, but I’m so distracted I haven’t read any of it yet. This is a history of pigments.* I think we can safely say that there is now, officially, a website for everything. *(sound of mind being blown)

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BBC NEWS | Europe | Delight at Caravaggio discovery

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/europe/4648258.stm This is fantastic news, not only because it adds two more Caravaggios to my must-see list, but also because the Doubting Thomas in Potsdam is at risk due to its dubious hanging: It’s found in the grand hall of Sanssouci, illuminated by dozens of large, sunny windows. I was tremendously disappointed when I visited, […]

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John Singer Sargents Gassed

http://www.jssgallery.org/Paintings/Gassed/Gassed.htm Many many thanks to Nutmeg for bringing Gassed (see link) to my attention. A superior painting and a great dissuasion to war and suffering. With a 100-year gap, this is the kind of image the Bush administration won’t allow to be published. Two fitting thoughts for Remembrance Day.

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Rijksmuseum Amsterdam – Museum of Art and History

http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/asp/start.asp?language=uk The Rijksmuseum flash intro features a detail from one of their best-known holdings, The Jewish Bride. Unfortunately, rather than present the faces of the happy couple, the Rijks have chosen to use the “copping a feel” detail instead… Perhaps in keeping with Amsterdam’s image?

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van Goghs Letters – Unabridged

http://webexhibits.org/vangogh/ I got to read excerpts during a fantastic exhibition at the D’Orsay.

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stencilrevolution – subvert Gallery

http://stencilrevolution.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=100309 Wow, great conceit and excellent execution: A cinematic series of what is essentially graffiti artwork!

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