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  • Empires - The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
    Empires - The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
    A fascinating and highly entertaining look at one of the most important families of the Renaissance era--the Medici.
  • Sister Wendy - The Complete Collection (Story of Painting / Grand Tour / Odyssey / Pains of Glass)
    Sister Wendy - The Complete Collection (Story of Painting / Grand Tour / Odyssey / Pains of Glass)

    “Sister Wendy Beckett has transformed public appreciation of art through her astonishing knowledge, insight and passion for painting and painters.” This set includes Sister Wendy's Story of Painting, Sister Wendy's Odyssey, and Sister Wendy's Grand Tour. Simultaneously delightful and scholarly--this is a must have for anyone interested in art history.

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
    Exit Through the Gift Shop
    When British stencil artist Banksy traveled to Los Angeles to work, he came across obscure French filmmaker Thierry Guetta and his badly organized collection of videotapes involving the activities of graffiti artists. Inspired, Banksy assembled them with new footage to create this talked-about documentary, and the result is a mind-boggling and odd film (so strange as to be thought a hoax by some) about outsider artists and the definition of art itself.
  • The Impressionists
    The Impressionists
    A dramatization of the Impressionist movement as seen through the eyes of Claude Monet. Highly entertaining and informative.
  • The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
    The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
    A very personal and revealing look at the personalities that created Impressionism.
Friday
Apr182014

The Resurrection

Marco Basaiti - Resurrection of Christ - 1520 - Oil on canvas, 140 x 100 cm - Accademia Carrara, Bergamo (click photo for larger image)The composition of this small altarpiece, probably originating in a Venetian church, is derived from a Giovanni Bellini painting of the same subject. Marco Basaiti (1496-1530) was an Italian painter of Albanian origin. His paintings echo the styles of Antonello da Messina and Giovanni Bellini, and also reveal the influence of Giorgione's work. Basaiti was very much an artist of the fifteenth century.

A blessed Easter to all who celebrate it.

Wednesday
Apr162014

The Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci - The Last Supper - 1498 - Mixed technique, 460 x 880 cm - Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan (click photo for larger image)The most celebrated “Last Supper” was painted by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) around 1494-98 in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. Leonardo depicted a specific moment of the Last Supper: Christ has just announced that he will be betrayed by one of the disciples, and the community of apostles reacts with agitation and questioning. It’s important to revisit this masterwork from time to time—which marks the delineation between the Early and High Renaissance.

Monday
Apr142014

The Feast of the Passover

Dieric Bouts the Elder - Altarpiece of the Holy Sacrament - 1464-67 - Oil on panel, 185 x 294 cm - Sint-Pieterskerk, Leuven (click photo for larger image)This panel is part of a large altarpiece that features the Last Supper as the primary central subject matter. The surroundings panels—this being one of them—all depict Old Testament themes. Dieric Bouts the Elder (1415-1475) was one of the most unique of the Early Netherlandish painters.

A Happy Passover to all who celebrate it!

Friday
Apr112014

O’K Corrals

Abiquiu Home and Studio - Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) bought her house in Abiquiu in 1945, which is now owned by the Museum.The 5,000-square-foot Spanish Colonial-era Abiquiu compound was in ruins in 1945, and for the next four years, O’Keeffe supervised its restoration, which was carried out by her friend, Maria Chabot. (click photo for larger image)

“A book chronicles the transformation of two New Mexico properties into distinctly O'Keeffian studios and residences.”

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Georgia O'Keeffe and Her Houses: Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu by Barbara Buhler Lynes and Agapita Judy Lopez is available on Amazon.

Wednesday
Apr092014

Francisco de Zubarán: Painter of Saints and Churchmen

Francisco de Zubarán - St Agatha - 1630-33 - Oil on canvas - Musée Fabre, Montpellier (click photo for larger image)Spanish Baroque painter Francisco de Zubarán (1598-1664) focused primarily on saints and churchmen in his work.

His use of sharply defined, often brilliant, colors, minute detail in simple compositions, strongly three-dimensional modeling of figures, and the shadowed light that brightly illuminates his subjects all give his paintings a solidity and dignity evocative of the solitude and solemnity of monastic life. His work at its best fuses two dominant tendencies in Spanish art, realism and mysticism.”

The name of Saint Agatha Agatha is invoked against volcano eruptions, lightning, fires and earthquakes.