Author Archives: Sally Whitman Coleman, PhD

Sally Whitman Coleman has been teaching art history for more than 15 years, at University of Texas at Austin, Baylor University and Southwestern University. She is a specialist in Renaissance art and was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Belgium. She earned her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin and her undergraduate degree at Skidmore College.
Jan Pogorzelski, Hanukkah Converter Lamp, 1893, Silver, 26¾” x 18” x 8¼”, Jewish Museum, New York, Photo courtesy of the Jewish Museum Jan Pogorzelski, Hanukkah Converter Lamp, 1893, Silver, 26¾” x 18” x 8¼”, Jewish Museum, New York, Photo courtesy of the Jewish Museum

The Converter Lamp

The converter lamp became popular in Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Poland in the middle of the 19th century. These upper portions of menorah lamps could be inserted into candlesticks that people already owned. The firm of Jan Pogorzelski in Warsaw … Continue reading

Rembrandt van Rijn, two impressions of Jacob’s Ladder, 1655, etching and drypoint, 4⅝” x 3⅛”, Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rembrandt van Rijn, two impressions of Jacob’s Ladder, 1655, etching and drypoint, 4⅝” x 3⅛”, Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

What is a Burr?

In printmaking, a burr is made of the metal that remains on a printing plate after it has been displaced in the process of carving an image. This often happens when using drypoint as a printmaking technique. When creating a … Continue reading

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Mama, Mummy and Mamma (Predecessors #2), 2014, Photo by the New Church Museum, Cape Town, South Africa. Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Mama, Mummy and Mamma (Predecessors #2), 2014, Photo by the New Church Museum, Cape Town, South Africa.

She’s a Genius!

The artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby was one of three artists who won the 2017 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. This generous grant is awarded to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity … Continue reading

Carl Frederik Reuterswärd, Non-Violence, 1985, bronze, Plaza at the United Nations, New York. Carl Frederik Reuterswärd, Non Violence, 1985, bronze, Plaza at the United Nations, New York.

Non-Violence

When you visit the United Nations headquarters in New York City, the first thing you will see is a large bronze sculpture entitled Non-Violence created by Carl Frederik Reuterswärd. The Swedish artist sculpted the work of art at the request … Continue reading

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1622-25, Apollo and Daphne, Marble, 93”, Galleria Borghese, Rome, Photo by By Alvesgaspar, CC BY-SA 4.0. Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1622-25, Apollo and Daphne, Marble, 93”, Galleria Borghese, Rome, Photo by By Alvesgaspar, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Take a Minute: Bernini’s “Apollo and Daphne”

Looking at Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne, we can see characteristics of the over-the-top Baroque style. For example, the sculpture illustrates the point of highest tension in the story, which is when the nymph Daphne is “saved” by her … Continue reading

Mildred Thompson, Magnetic Fields, 1991, oil on canvas, triptych, 70 1/2 x 150 inches. Courtesy of the Mildred Thompson Estate, Atlanta, Georgia art and photo © The Mildred Thompson Estate, Atlanta, Georgia. Mildred Thompson, Magnetic Fields, 1991, oil on canvas, triptych, 70 1/2 x 150 inches. Courtesy of the Mildred Thompson Estate, Atlanta, Georgia art and photo © The Mildred Thompson Estate, Atlanta, Georgia.

Make the Time: Magnetic Fields

Magnetic Fields: Expanding Abstraction, 1960s to Today at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO showcases three generations of abstract art created by women of color, artists typically left out of the canon of American art. Different … Continue reading

Attributed to Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, c. 1655, oil on panel, 2' 5" x 3' 8", Royal Museum of Fine Arts Belgium, Brussels, Image in the Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Attributed to Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, c. 1655, oil on panel, 2' 5

Bruegel, Williams and Hubris

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by William Carlos Williams (1962)   According to Brueghel when Icarus fell it was spring a farmer was ploughing his field the whole pageantry of the year was awake tingling near the edge of … Continue reading

Edward Hopper, Automat, 1927, oil on canvas, 28” x 36”, Des Moines Art Center, IA, Artwork in the Public Domain via Wikipedia. Edward Hopper, Automat, 1927, oil on canvas, 28” x 36”, Des Moines Art Center, IA, Artwork in the Public Domain via Wikipedia.

Happy Birthday Edward Hopper

American artist Edward Hopper was born on this day in 1882. His easily recognizable style did not change for most of his long career that began in 1895 and continued until his death in 1963. Hopper mostly painted scenes that … Continue reading

Camille Claudel, The Waltz, conceived in 1889 and cast in 1905, bronze, Musée Camille Claudel, Nogent-sur-Seine, France, Photo by Scott Lanphere via Wikipedia, artwork and photograph in the Public Domain. Camille Claudel, The Waltz, conceived in 1889 and cast in 1905, bronze, Musée Camille Claudel, Nogent-sur-Seine, France, Photo by Scott Lanphere via Wikipedia, artwork and photograph in the Public Domain.

Make the Time: Musée Camille Claudel

If you are fortunate enough to travel to France, make the time to visit the new Musée Camille Claudel in Nogent-sur-Seine, which is about an hour’s drive from Paris. Best known as Auguste Rodin’s lover and muse, the immensely talented … Continue reading

Ai Weiwei, Forever Bicycles, 2015, Waller Creek Delta on Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX, Photo by Rachel Zein for The Daily Texan. Ai Weiwei, Forever Bicycles, 2015, Waller Creek Delta on Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX, Photo by Rachel Zein for The Daily Texan.

Make the Time: Ai Weiwei in Austin

Next time you are out on Butler Trail in Austin, TX, make your way over to the Waller Creek Delta to see Chinese political activist artist Ai Weiwei’s public art installation, Forever Bicycles. The dramatic assemblage of over 1,200 bicycles … Continue reading

Sharin Neshat, Video still from Rapture, 1999, Photo via Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY. Sharin Neshat, Video still from Rapture, 1999, Photo via Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY.

An Open Invitation from Shirin Neshat

Born in Qazvin in Iran and educated in Berkeley, CA, Sharin Neshat creates images of the strong contrasts between Western and Islamic society as an invitation to open a dialog between the cultures. Neshat left Iran in 1975 to attend school and didn’t return … Continue reading

Sandro Botticelli, Detail of Venus, c. 1490, Oil on canvas, Galleria Sabauda, Photo via Wikimedia Commons Sandro Botticelli, Detail of Venus, c. 1490, Oil on canvas, Galleria Sabauda, Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Make the Time: Botticelli in Boston

If you are in Boston anytime before July 9th, make the time to see the exhibition, “Botticelli and the Search for the Divine” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Sandro Botticelli is today, as he was during his lifetime, … Continue reading