Hans Baldung is a great mix between technique and whimsy, the real and the fantastical. His work varies from religious themes to pagan, from esoteric allegories to simple history paintings. He’s known for being highly productive and for his chiaroscuro woodcuts. [Read more...]
The Charioteer of Delphi is one of many victory statues that stood around the Temple of Apollo, Delphi and the surrounding hill. It’s a prime example of the transitionary period between the style of the Kouros statues and the S-curved pieces that came later. It’s also one of the few surviving statues that has the original inlaid eyes. [Read more...]
Ok so I knew that Kubrick was largely responsible for the setup of the shots in his films, but I didn’t know just how much he controlled. He really was a Director of Photography as well. Typically those roles are separate in filming. Early on, before his film career, he did some mind-bogglingly awesome photography. Have a look. [Read more...]
The Shaolin Temple has pretty much become a money-making endeavor. There are very few people that train there who are interested in the non-performance, traditional Shaolin. The Cultural Revolution didn’t help the Chinese martial arts either.
A good chunk of Violette’s work appears to be minimalist in nature. It’s cool, slick, and calm, which is nice when you’ve seen 1,000 pieces of art that day and you need a break. The twist is that it comes out of metal culture. There’s this edge to it, conceptually. He works with a few basic ideas. [Read more...]
I first ran across The Chapman Brothers in a copy of Art Review when I was in art school. The first thing I saw was The Chapman Family Collection, a series of works that mixed African sculpture with McDonald’s imagery. It struck me as an intelligent and meaningful comment on cultural violence. From there, I found out that there’s a lot going on in their highly controversial work. [Read more...]
It’s one of my life goals to eventually read everything by Shakespeare. I know I could do that fairly quickly, but I find that reading a few plays every once in a while is just the right pace. I ran across this video linked in a random thread on reddit, and I’m glad I did. Their pronunciation of Sonnet 116 blew my mind, especially the rhyme of “prove” with “love”. At any rate, have a look at this relatively quick video of David and Ben Crystal. [Read more...]
The Isenheim Altarpiece, especially the painting on the front when it’s closed, is one of the most iconic paintings of the Northern Renaissance. It was made by Matthias Grunewald in 1512-16 for the Monastery of St. Anthony in Isenheim. The monks there ran a hospital that specialized in plague sufferers and victims of St. Anthony’s Fire, or ergotism, which basically causes convulsions and a dry form of gangrene that causes skin sores. [Read more...]
Earlier on, I wrote out an Art Interpretation Cheat Sheet, which was a list of questions to help you build up an interpretation of a piece. This post will start to go into more depth.
In my Art Appreciation classes, the students all want to begin their descriptions of the piece with what’s happening in the narrative. If there seems to be a mother holding a child, they want to talk about that. Getting them to describe the painting itself without any interpretation or assumption is extremely difficult. When I ask them what they see in the image below, they reply with “a man looking back at us”, “a young Sylvester Stallone”, etc. [Read more...]
Everyone knows Pixar’s movies, and I assume most people would recognize their logo. But I’m willing to bet most people have no idea where the lamp that replaces the “i” comes from. It’s based on the Anglepoise 1227 lamp by George Carwardine. [Read more...]