Getting Slick with the Apoxyomenos

Roman copy of the Apoxyomenos by Lysippos, original c. 330 BCE, Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican City, Rome, Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen via Wikimedia Commons.

The Apoxyomenos, or the “Scraper,” is a popular subject in ancient Greek art that depicts athletes cleaning themselves by rubbing olive oil on their bodies and then scraping it off with a curved metal scraper, called a strigil. This particular … Continue reading

RIP Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou reciting her poem,

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou To watch Maya Angelou read her iconic poem, “Still I Rise,” click here.

Happy Birthday Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer, Self-portrait, 1500, oil on panel, 26.4” x 19.3”, Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Albrecht Dürer Northern Renaissance Artist Albrecht Dürer, German painter, printmaker and theorist, was born on May 21, 1471 in Nuremberg, where he lived for most of his life. His father, Albrecht Dürer the Elder, was a goldsmith; most likely, the … Continue reading

Make the Time: Kara Walker’s Sugar Sculpture in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Kara Walker, A Subtlety: The Marvelous Sugar Baby, an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World, 2014, Domino sugar refinery, Brooklyn, Photo by Inhabitat Blog via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License.

Kara Walker, the world-renowned African-American visual artist and recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant in 1997, has created a sugar sculpture, entitled A Subtlety, which is on view in the former Domino sugar factory storage shed in Brooklyn through … Continue reading

In Their Own Words: Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, Mother and Child, 1921, oil on canvas, 56 1/4

“My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.” Pablo Picasso Happy Mother’s Day from The … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Self-portrait as a Soldier, 1915, oil on canvas, 27.25

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner German Expressionist Painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was born on May 6th, 1880 in Aschaffenburg, Germany.  In 1905, Kirchner and three fellow architecture students founded the artists group Die Brücke (“The Bridge”) that promoted a modern, expressive style that could be “The … Continue reading

Michelangelo’s “David” on the Verge

Michelangelo, David, 1501-1504, Carrara marble, 17’, Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence, Photo by Rico Heil via Wikimedia Commons, GNU Free Documentation License.

This week, Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported that Michelangelo’s 17-foot tall, marble sculpture of the Old Testament figure David has weak ankles and is on the verge of collapsing. The National Research Council found cracks in the marble on the … Continue reading

Just a Second: Iwan

Vault and colored ceiling of the Iwan of an Imamzadeh at the tomb of Omar Khayyam, 1962, Photo by By dynamosquito via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Iwan (noun) An iwan is a vaulted room open on one side, usually onto a courtyard in an Islamic mosque.  The iwan in Omar Khayyam’s tomb in Neishabour, Iran is decorated with characteristic Islamic geometric and vegetal motifs.

The Brits and the Benin Bronzes

Benin Bronze of an Oba with Two Assistants, 16th century, brass, 19” x 15”, Benin Kingdom (Nigeria), British Museum, London, Photo by Michel Wai via Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Share-Alike 3.0 License.

This is one of hundreds of brass sculptures (mistakenly identified as bronze sculptures) created by the Edo people for the palace of the Court of Benin, which was a sprawling cluster of buildings in present-day Nigeria. Today this sculpture and … Continue reading

In Their Own Words: Maurice Denis

Maurice Denis, Easter Mystery, 1891, oil on canvas, 41

“Remember that a picture, before being a battle horse, a nude, an anecdote or whatnot, is essentially a flat surface covered with colors assembled in a certain order.” Maurice Denis, founder of Les Nabis Happy Easter from The Art Minute  

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.

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.

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.