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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.

REGISTER NOW for Jill’s Classes at the Cedar Lane Art Center (CLAC)

(click photo for larger image)Jill Kiefer’s winter art studio classes begin in just a couple of weeks. All of the info is on the flyer. 

To register, go to Click on the Recreation and Parks page and follow the cues.

These classes are fun! Hope to see you there.


Happy Holidays!

WAA will be off for the holidays and begin posting again on Monday January 7th. Thank you for your continued support!



Alessio Baldovinetti: Sensitivity and an Engaging Blend of Qualities

Alessio Baldovinetti - Nativity - 1460-62 - Fresco, 400 x 430 cm - Santissima Annunziata, Florence (click photo for larger image)Alessio Baldovinetti (c. 1425-1499) was a Florentine painter, mosaicist, and worker in stained glass. His training is unknown, but his graceful, and refined style shows the influence of Domenico Veneziano and Fra Angelico, both of whom are discussed elsewhere on What About Art?. Baldovinetti’s work reveals a remarkable sensitivity to light and landscape and an engaging blend of naivety and sophistication.

“Baldovinetti's Annunciation is in the atrium of Santissima Annunziata in Florence. His interest in local landscape is evident in the Arno Valley view that he chose as the background of this fresco. In fact he painted only a few portions of the picture in true fresco, and then waited until the plaster had dried so that he could paint 'a secco.' But because the fresco was located in an atrium exposed to winter fogs and even rain, in time the a secco faces, hands, and drapery peeled off, and his underdrawing is now visible. Even so, the painting is impressive in the airy openness of its setting and the view over the expansive Tuscan plain, which is filled with the light of a clear winter day.” (Web Gallery of Art)


Did You Know?

Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted two versions of “Dance at Le moulin de la Galette. One is large, 131 cm tall and the other is smaller, 78 cm. It is not known which one he painted first.


The Census at Bethlehem: A Recomposition of Everyday Life

Pieter Bruegel the Elder - The Census at Bethlehem - 1566 - Oil on oak, 116 x 164 cm - Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (click photo for larger image)Pieter Bruegal the Elder (c. 1525-1569) is discussed elsewhere on What About Art? - being one of the great Northern Renaissance masters. 

“Seen from above, the snow-covered village stretches on the one side to a ruined castle and on the other, beyond the pond, as far as the church. People are going about their daily tasks: sweeping the snow, building a cabin, crossing the pond on foot next to a ferry-boat caught in the ice, gathering around a fire. The children are playing, throwing snowballs, skating, spinning their tops, sledging. In the right hand foreground, a man with a large carpenter's saw is leading an ox and an ass, the latter bearing a women wrapped tightly in an ample blue mantle. Without attracting attention, they pick their way between the carts of beer barrels and bales. These are Joseph and Mary, who have come to Bethlehem to be enrolled in the universal census ordered by Emperor Augustus. The Gospel episode is associated with the payment of tax. And indeed to the left, the crowd is pressing in front of the tax-gatherer's office, installed at the window of the inn.” (Web Gallery of Art)