George Inness, the American landscape painter, was at different points in his career associated with the American Hudson River School and the French Barbizon School of landscape painting; yet, it’s the work he did at the end of his career … Continue reading
Obelisk (noun) A four-sided monument with a pyramid-shaped, pointed top that originated in ancient Egypt. The shape is thought to be inspired by the rays of the sun. The obelisk that today stands in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in … Continue reading
Man Ray Photographer, Dada and Surrealist Artist Emmanuel Radnitzky was born on August 27th, 1890 in Philadelphia, PA to Russian Jewish immigrants. His father was a garment worker. Man Ray died on November 18, 1976 in Paris where he is buried.
By now, you may have heard about Pei-Shen Qian, the Chinese artist living in Queens, NY who forged over 60 paintings by Abstract Expressionist artists such as Mark Rothko, Franz Kline and Jackson Pollock. An art dealer from Long Island, … Continue reading
“When I paint from a photograph, conscious thinking is eliminated. I don’t know what I am doing. My work is far closer to the Informel than to any kind of ‘realism’. The photograph has an abstraction of its own, which … Continue reading
The French artist Robert Delaunay celebrated modern life in this bright and colorful aerial view of the Eiffel Tower, an icon of the industrial world that was constructed in 1889 of wrought iron for the Paris International Exposition. The aerial … Continue reading
Krater (noun) An ancient Greek vessel in which wine and water were mixed. Kraters come in different shapes. A calyx krater has a bell shape with handles near the base and a volute krater has handles shaped like scrolls.
Andy Warhol Pop Artist Andrej Varhola, Jr. was born on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Andrej Varhola, a coal mine worker, and Júlia Zavacká, both of whom were immigrants from Slovakia. Andy Warhol died in New York City on February 22, 1987. … Continue reading
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” Leonardo da Vinci
Belgian artist René Magritte created this Surrealist masterpiece that presents a realistic image of a pipe and written in French below, the words, “This is not a pipe.” With this humorous inscription, Magritte stated something that is true but nevertheless … Continue reading
Ambulatory (noun) A place for walking, usually an aisle in a church around the apse. In Santa Costanza in Rome, the mausoleum for the Roman Emperor Constantine’s daughter Constantina, the ambulatory is circular and goes around a space where the … Continue reading
Did you ever wonder what the story is behind this seemingly ubiquitous image of the Virgin Mary? We’re so used to seeing this popular image of the Virgin of Guadalupe on all kinds of paraphernalia from Votive candles to purses … Continue reading