Nothing brings an empire together like a good mock naval battle – at least, that’s what the Roman emperor Vespasian always said. Following the welcome demise of the reign of the Julio-Claudian emperors with the death of Nero and a … Continue reading
Inspired by Hokusai’s success with his views of Mount Fuji, Japanese artist Andō Hiroshige created prints of the various locales in Japan capturing the mood and character of each setting. In his Snow at Kambara from his Fifty-Three Stations of … Continue reading
Combination Print (noun) A printing technique in photography, popular in the nineteenth century, in which a photographer would compose a final image using more than one negative. To make the combination print, the photographer would expose only a section of … Continue reading
“A portrait, to be a work of art, neither must nor may resemble the sitter… one must paint its atmosphere.” Umberto Boccioni Happy New Year from The Art Minute.
Working near the end of the Mannerist era, Federico Barocci was given to unusual compositions and colors, as is seen in his Nativity with the steep, diagonal recession into space where Joseph opens the door to let the shepherds into … Continue reading
Shetani (noun) The Makonde tribe that lives in Tanzania are master sculptors who create unique and powerful objects that are collected by museums as well as tourists. These works of art that are based upon tribal myths and stories are … Continue reading
Arthur Dove was a member of a small circle of artists in New York City, including Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe, that introduced modernism to America. Dove developed a highly original form of abstraction based upon the natural landscape and … Continue reading
“Good art should elicit a response of ‘Huh? Wow!’ as opposed to ‘Wow! Huh?’” Edward Ruscha
The Temple of Solomon has great significance in Jewish history since it was the first Jewish temple constructed in Jerusalem. Built by Salomon, King of the Israelites, in the 10th century BCE on the Temple Mount, it housed the Ark … Continue reading
The ninth-century French emperor, Charlemagne the Great, promoted learning and culture by supporting several monasteries throughout his empire that collected and produced manuscripts. These monks in their scriptoria became the cultural army for the emperor. One of the most unique … Continue reading
Like other Impressionist artists, Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted outside, or en plein air, in order to capture the light and atmosphere of a split second. His painting entitled, The Swing depicts his brother, a fellow painter, his favorite model and a little girl … Continue reading
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