English King Henry VIII to Thomas Cromwell, regarding the reason he ended his fourth marriage to Anne of Cleaves from Flanders with an annulment: “You have sent me a Flanders mare!”
Calligraphy is prevalent in Islamic Art because the Muslim religion is revealed though sacred scriptures, the Quran, which is believed to be the word of God brought to Muhammad by the angel Gabriel. Kufic script, named for Kufa, a city … Continue reading
“There are two sorts of beauty; one is the result of instinct, the other of study. A combination of the two, with the resulting modifications, brings with it a very complicated richness, which the art critic ought to try to … Continue reading
If you find yourself in Houston, TX, where there is a lot of great art to see, consider making the time to visit the Rothko Chapel. The famous modern architect Philip Johnson designed the octagonal building, but the building is … Continue reading
Stele (noun) An upright stone slab decorated with sculpture or writing. The Victory Stele of Naram-Sin of Akkad shows the Mesopotamian King Naram-Sim’s victory over the Lullubi people in the Zagros Mountains in the 12th century B.C.E. In the stele, Naram-Sim is … Continue reading
Madame X is the painting that ultimately ruined John Singer Sargent’s reputation in the Parisian art society. It is a portrait of Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau, an American-born expatriate who was well known for her style and beauty. Sargent emphasized … Continue reading
On May 15th, Christie’s held the biggest art auction in history at which collectors spent a record-breaking $495 million for canvases by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jackson Pollock, and Roy Lichtenstein among others. One of the snarky writers at Gawker.com, Maggie Lange, … Continue reading
This large and impressive painting by Gerard David stops nearly all visitors to the Groeningemuseum in Bruges, Belgium in their tracks. Viewers look upon the two large panels with a mixture of abhorrence and fascination while they wonder what is … Continue reading
“It is important to express oneself… provided the feelings are real and are taken from your own experience.” Berthe Morisot Happy Mother’s Day from The Art Minute.
The American artist Edward Hopper had the uncanny ability to make his brightly lit spaces rather cool. It suited the desolate mood of his realist images of the urban environment in the 20th century. The fluorescent lighting in this painting … Continue reading
Depth of Field (noun) The distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a picture. The German photographer Anton Stankowski enjoyed using the depth of field creatively to compose engaging photographs.
San Vitale is one of the first examples of Byzantine art and architecture in Western civilization. In the 6th century, under the reign of Justinian, Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) became the political and religious center of the Christian Byzantine Empire and … Continue reading