Hieronymus Bosch’s Butt Music

Detail, Interior, Hieronymus Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights, c. 1480-1515, oil on panel, center 7’ 2½” x 6’ 4½”, wings, each 7’ 2½” x 3’ 2”, Museo del Prado, Madrid, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Detail, Interior, Hieronymus Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights, c. 1480-1515, oil on panel, center 7’ 2½” x 6’ 4½”, wings, each 7’ 2½” x 3’ 2”, Museo del Prado, Madrid, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Late one night, a young woman named Amelia, a college student at Oklahoma Christian University, noticed that Hieronymus Bosch painted music on the rear end of a figure in the scene of Hell in his Garden of Earthly Delights, and so … Continue reading

Punitavati, the Shiva Saint: A Love That Lasts Centuries

Punitavati, Shiva Saint, c. 1050, bronze, 19 5/8” x 8 7/8”, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Photo by Jacquelyn Mata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License. Punitavati, Shiva Saint, c. 1050, bronze, 19 5/8” x 8 7/8”, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Photo by Jacquelyn Mata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License.

Jacquelyn Mata, a student at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, wrote this post. This beautiful yet haunting bronze sculpture portrays Punitavati, a Shiva Saint and a member of the Shaiva Nayanars, or “slaves of lord.”  Hindus believe priests summoned deities … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer, The Fog Warning, 1885, oil on canvas, 30.2" × 48.5", Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Winslow Homer, The Fog Warning, 1885, oil on canvas, 30.2

Winslow Homer, the American painter and printmaker, was born on February 24th, 1836 in Boston, Massachusetts to Charles Savage Homer and Henrietta Benson Homer.  Homer began his career as a commercial illustrator in Boston, after which Harper’s Weekly sent him to … Continue reading

Dante Gabriel Rossetti: 19th-Century Bad Boy

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, La Pia de’ Tolomei, c. 1868, oil on canvas, 41.5” x 47.5” Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas, Photo via Wikimedia Commons, Artwork in the Public Domain. Dante Gabriel Rossetti, La Pia de’ Tolomei, c. 1868, oil on canvas, 41.5” x 47.5” Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas, Photo via Wikimedia Commons, Artwork in the Public Domain.

Paige Guerra, a student at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, wrote this post. In 1848, three art students in London took it upon themselves to rebel against what the “frivolous” Royal Academy was teaching and sought to take art back … Continue reading

Make the Time: Contemporary Chinese Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Duan Jianyu, Detail of Beautiful Dream 4, 2008, Ink on cardboard, 23 1/2 × 20 in., Sigg Collection, Hong Kong, Photo by pburka via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 License. Duan Jianyu, Detail of Beautiful Dream 4, 2008, Ink on cardboard, 23 1/2 × 20 in., Sigg Collection, Hong Kong, Photo by pburka via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 License.

Currently on view through April 6th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the fascinating exhibition, “Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China.”  All of the works of art exhibited continue the Chinese artistic tradition of using pen and … Continue reading

In Their Own Words: Mahatma Gandhi

Banksy, Peace and Love, 2010, Chinatown, San Francisco, Photo by Ryan Sharp via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License. Banksy, Peace and Love, 2010, Chinatown, San Francisco, Photo by Ryan Sharp via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.” Mahatma Gandhi Happy Valentine’s Day from The Art Minute.  

Just a Second: Champlevé

Reliquary of St. Thomas Becket, first quarter of the 12th century, Champlevé copper, engraved, chased, enameled and gilt, Musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris, Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen via Wikimedia Common, Artwork in the Public Domain. Reliquary of St. Thomas Becket, first quarter of the 12th century, Champlevé copper, engraved, chased, enameled and gilt, Musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris, Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen via Wikimedia Common, Artwork in the Public Domain.

Champlevé (noun) A technique in enameling in which an artist creates hollows in a metal surface and fills it with enamel.  The artist who crafted the champlevé enamel scene on the Reliquary of St. Thomas Becket carved it into copper before … Continue reading

Make the Time: “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

Carel Fabritius, The Goldfinch, 1654, oil on panel, 13.2” x 9”, Mauritshuis, The Hague, Photo by The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei via Wikimedia Commons, artwork in the Public Domain. Carel Fabritius, The Goldfinch, 1654, oil on panel, 13.2” x 9”, Mauritshuis, The Hague, Photo by The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei via Wikimedia Commons, artwork in the Public Domain.

Art lovers should read Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch, named for a 17th–century painting featured in the book, not to learn more about the work of art’s historical significance and the circumstances of its production, but rather its quasi-mystical and … Continue reading

Stonehenge: To Err is Human

Stonehenge, c. 2100 BCE, largest stone 24’ high, diameter of circle 97’, bluestone, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England, Photo by Mactographer via Wikimedia Commons. Stonehenge, c. 2100 BCE, largest stone 24’ high, diameter of circle 97’, bluestone, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England, Photo by Mactographer via Wikimedia Commons.

The Art Minute University: Cat Hosch, a student at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, wrote this post. Located in Wiltshire, UK, this structure of mammoth proportions has called to question the true purpose of the stones. Stonehenge hides over 300 … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock, Detail of Number 1, 1949, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Photo by rocor via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License. Jackson Pollock, Detail of Number 1, 1949, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Photo by rocor via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License.

Jackson Pollock Abstract Expressionist Painter Paul Jackson Pollock was born on January 28th, 1912 in Cody, Wyoming to Stella May and LeRoy Pollock, a farmer and land surveyor. In 1930, Jackson Pollock and his brother Charles moved to New York City to take … Continue reading

Shaking Things Up with David Salle

David Salle, We’ll Shake the Bag, 1980, acrylic on canvas, 48” x 72”, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Photo by Andrew Russeth via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License. David Salle, We’ll Shake the Bag, 1980, acrylic on canvas, 48” x 72”, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Photo by Andrew Russeth via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License.

The Art Minute University: Abby Garcia, a student at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, wrote this post. Inspired by the erotic stock images he stole from his time working at a New York magazine, artist David Salle uses multiple overlapping … Continue reading