admin on August 13th, 2013 | Filed under UncategorizedOscar Wilde once commented that "life imitates art far more than art imitates life". For many art mediums such as books and film the origin of inspiration is almost impossible to determine. Authors and filmmaker often include scenes that feature the world's famous art museums, either in an effort to show that the characters are in a particular city, or to suggest characters that are cultured and urbane.
"The Da Vinci Code" famously highlights the Louvre in both novel form and as a big budget movie. Action adventure movies such as "The Mummy" series and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" either feature scenes in a museum, or have multiple references to prestigious museums. "The Thomas Crown Affair "highlights the shady world of high-end art theft, whereas "The International" features a thrilling gunfight in the unmistakable architecture of the Guggenheim Museum. On a lighter note, the feckless teenager Ferris Bueller visits the Art Institute of Chicago on his famous day off.
Murder mystery novels are often set in museums. Authors such as P.D. James have set mysteries in museums, and Iain Pears has an entire series titled the "Art History Mysteries". Apparently the reading public enjoys their murder with a side of history.
admin on June 29th, 2013 | Filed under UncategorizedIt is fascinating to consider the wide range of influences on Renaissance artists like Michelangelo. The influences range from wealthy patrons who sought to commission specific works of art to priests in the Catholic church. In the midst of creating art for these individuals, artists frequently used their own judgment as to colors used in paintings and frescoes.
In the case of Michelangelo, his artwork was often influenced by his personal view of the world. In some cases, this personal view conflicted with the views of the Catholic church. When he was creating the Sistine ceiling frescoes, Michelangelo wanted to feature nude angels. The priest who was commissioning the work found this to be outrageous, and the priest did not want such angels featured in the fresco. Ultimately, it was Michelangelo's own judgment that influenced the work. He created the fresco as he saw fit, and today it stands as one of the most beautiful works in the world.
During the Renaissance era, it was often the wealthy patrons like the Medici family who influenced artwork that was created. These powerful people often had a say as to the subject matter of paintings and sculptures created by artists like Michelangelo.
admin on May 15th, 2013 | Filed under UncategorizedThe changes between the Late Medieval Art and Early Renaissance art mirror the transition of conditions and social emphases of their European time periods. It is certainly worth noting that European life, like its art, occurs in overlapping transitional phases, or slow evolutions. The descriptions of each, therefore, are generalizations of the differences and are not all-encompassing for every art piece produced in a specific period.
The first major difference in the artwork of the Late Medieval and Early Renaissance times is the subject emphasis, which mirror the conditions of the times.Confused? href='http://theeyeoffaith.com/2013/03/14/god-is-in-the-details-revealing-the-early-renaissance-stories-and-secrets-in-florentine-art-agotoronto-march-16-june-16-2013/'>Here 's a little help . The Medieval Period of Europe was marked by war and disease. As a result, it's art is marked by the presence of death. This is seen in the Medieval allegorical concept of The Dance of Death, or the Dance Macabre.
The subject emphasis of the Early Renaissance period begins Europe's transition into humanistic art. These artists concentrated on realism, perspective, ideal human forms, and scenes from everyday life. The development of perspective, realism, and human forms can be seen in The Feast of Herod and Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, by Benozzo Gozzoli. This humanistic emphasis was a result of improving conditions.
admin on April 2nd, 2013 | Filed under UncategorizedThe west coast of the United States is dotted with some of the country's finest art museums. On your next trip out west, check out these outstanding institutions.
The Seattle Art Museum
This Emerald City museum includes a fascinating collection of Japanese woodblock prints, Andy Warhol's innovative media works and pieces by Picasso. The nearby Olympic Sculpture Park is also worth a visit, and the park's nine acres are marked by an array of fine sculptures.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
This inspiring collection includes paintings, media arts, photography, sculptures and more, representing both contemporary and modern art. The museum's 14,000-square foot rooftop is a lush garden that offers extraordinary views of the city and bay.
The De Young Museum
Also in San Francisco, this museum celebrates art through fashion. The vintage couture collection includes pieces by Ralph Rucci, Chanel, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.
The Tacoma Art Museum
This small but impressive museum includes well-curated collections of studio art jewelry, European paintings and sculpture, Japanese woodblock prints, art from the northwestern United States and glass pieces. You thought this was good? Brace yourself: Editors' Choice: Japanese Woodblock Print Search
admin on September 24th, 2012 | Filed under UncategorizedImpressionism began in Paris in the latter half of the 1800s. The term was first coined by critics to make fun of the rough, 'unfinished' spontaneity of Impressionist paintings. The best-known Impressionist painters were Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Camille Pissaro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
Impressionist painters liked to show light and movement in short strokes of pure, unblended color. They preferred to capture clouds flying over a hill, or the dappled light on the grass, rather than a still life or a historical scene.
Some of the most famous Impressionist paintings include Claude Monet's luminous Woman with a Parasol and Pierre-Auguste Renoir's sunny, spontaneous "Luncheon of the boating party."
Not all of the Impressionists' works were so idyllic. Some Impressionists shocked the public with provocative images. Edgar Degas' "L'Absinthe" is a melancholy portrait of an impoverished couple drowning their sorrows in alcohol; The Acadmie des Beaux-Arts in Paris refused to show Edouard Manet's "The Luncheon on the Grass" in its exhibit because of his provocative depiction of nudity.
The French Impressionists inspired artists like Paul Gauguin, Paul Czanne and Vincent Van Gogh. They also sparked an American Impressionist movement, which included Mary Cassatt and Childe Hassam.
admin on September 20th, 2012 | Filed under UncategorizedMuseums that showcase works of art usually have many different types of art forms available for viewing. When thinking about the museums available on the east side of the United States the most famous one is probably the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This establishment is well known for its diverse displays of art which include many pieces categorized as modern. Another museum in the east which also displays many modern pieces is the Guggenheim. Not only do these museums have many interesting art form on display, their very structure is designed in an artistic manner.
Almost every state will have its own museum showcasing art from the area as well as other pieces which might be on loan to the museum. If a city is large enough, it can also have a museum of its own. The Philadelphia and Brooklyn museums are smaller than the more famous establishments, but they still provide a diverse assortment of work to view. The art displayed in museums can include paintings, digital photography, sculpture and even furniture. To help provide the general public with opportunities to see art not from their area, most museums contract special pieces on loan for public display. Loaned pieces can be from other museums, from private collectors or from the artists themselves.Take a look here to learn more: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Megatron of Galleries
admin on September 16th, 2012 | Filed under UncategorizedOscar Claude Monet, the great Impressionist, is famous around the world. While many people love this great Impressionist there are those who continue to criticize his famous works of art. This artist had humble beginnings as he began his life Paris, France in 1840.
Painting his surroundings is what he loved to do. His ability to create shadows and sunlight in his paintings astounded people then and now. He is known as the "Fathers of Impressionism." Paintings such as Water Lilies and Sunrise are known throughout the world.
While he began painting famous scenes from history his real passion became to paint the real world as he saw it. He was not alone. Other artists followed his path and some of them became famous as well. Renoir is one such painter.
Many people rejected his artwork early on. The critics said his work looked messy and unfinished. Little did they know that this famous young boy from France would impact the world of art forever more.
Claude Money died December 5, 1926 at the age of 86 years old. He lived a good life with its ups and downs. He was able to see his work be appreciated even amongst the critics who called his work elementary.
admin on September 13th, 2012 | Filed under UncategorizedThe "impressionist Art Movement" has given the world some of our most beloved paintings. In their attempt to create a new realism in the way we view life around us, artists of the period dabbled on canvas with light, and the subtle ways the details of a scene are changed when variations in color are used.
Several artists stand out as pioneers in Impressionism. Most notably, are Claude Monet, whose Beach at Sainte-Adresse is an excellent example of the use of bold splashes of color to create the fleeting, yet subtle changes of sunlight on water. Another popular artist of this period was Edgar Degas. His focus was on movement, and his Dancers in Pink II is just one of his many paintings that depict the dance he was so passionate about putting on canvas. Over half his works are of ballet dancers.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir was one of the leading artists of the Impressionist movement. His career spanned almost 60 years, and though afflicted with crippling rheumatoid arthritis, his artistic abilities were never in question. Renoir's The Umbrellas is a good example of not only the Impressionist style, but also the use of light.
admin on September 10th, 2012 | Filed under UncategorizedThe Renaissance period of art allowed greater freedom of expression and a larger amount of realism in works of art than had been seen during the earlier Middle Ages period. Art historians often find it difficult to pinpoint the exact beginning of the Renaissance period, but many place the period as beginning between 1400 and 1450. Ending in the 1600s, the Renaissance was replaced by the Baroque period that continued through to the 1750s.
A sign of the changes in art that took place was the fame achieved by Renaissance painters during their own lifetimes; in contrast to the Middle Ages when painters commonly found fame after their deaths.Didn't catch that? This explains it. The Italian painter Giotto is often credited with being the starting point for the Renaissance style of painting. Leonardo da Vinci is probably the most famous of the Renaissance painters with his paintings Mona Lisa and The Last Supper some of his famous artworks.
Like Leonardo, Michelangelo Bounarroti was more than simply a painter; his works include architecture and sculpture created during the Renaissance period. Probably the piece for which Michelangelo is most famous is the painting of the roof of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
The end of the Renaissance art period saw a steady movement into the Baroque style headed by Italian artist Caravaggio. As famous for his wild lifestyle as he is for his paintings, Caravaggio's works at the end of the Renaissance include the Death of the Virgin and the beheading of St. John the Baptist.