Marsden Hartley’s Secret Love

Marsden Hartley, Portrait of a German Officer, 1914, oil on canvas, 68.25” x 41.375”, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Marsden Harley [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Marsden Hartley, Portrait of a German Officer, 1914, oil on canvas, 68.25” x 41.375”, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Marsden Harley [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Olivia Huffstetter, a student at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, wrote this post. When we think about war, the first thought that comes to mind usually isn’t about a love affair or a relationship. However, this is just what American … Continue reading

Just a Second: Autochrome

William Gullick, Mary, Zoe, Marjory, and Chloe Gullick, c.1909, autochrome, State Library of New South Wales, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. William Gullick, Mary, Zoe, Marjory, and Chloe Gullick, c.1909, autochrome, State Library of New South Wales, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Autochrome (noun) An autochrome is a color photograph created with a glass filter that is covered with a colored mosaic of dyed potato starch.  Louis Lumière invented the process in 1903.

Happy Birthday William Morris

William Morris, Drawing for block-printed fabric Tulip and Willow, 1873, Public Domain vis Wikimedia Commons. William Morris, Drawing for block-printed fabric Tulip and Willow, 1873, Public Domain vis Wikimedia Commons.

William Morris, the British artist and writer, was born in east London on March 24th, 1834 to William Morris and Emma Morris Shelton. Morris is best known for his highly influential textile designs and association with the Pre-Rapahelite Brotherhood, but … Continue reading

Robert Smithson’s Muddy, Salty Spiral Jetty

Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970, mud, salt crystals, rock, 15' 1" x 1,509', Great Salt Lake, Box Elder, Utah, Photo by Michael David Murphy, [Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commons. Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970, mud, salt crystals, rock, 15' 1

Zelly Martin, a student at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, wrote this post. It’s tough to get a good look at Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty as it is constantly disappearing into the Great Salt Lake of Utah. If you arrive … Continue reading

Just a Second: Prefiguration

Michelangelo, Jonah from the Sistine Chapel ceiling, 1508-12, fresco painting, The Vatican, Rome, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Michelangelo, Jonah from the Sistine Chapel ceiling, 1508-12, fresco painting, The Vatican, Rome, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Prefiguration (Noun) The representation of an Old Testament figure as a type or foreshadowing of a New Testament figure. Michelangelo painted an image of Jonah just above the high altar on the Sistine Chapel ceiling because he prefigures Jesus in … Continue reading

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.