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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.

Quote of the Day

“If you want to have clean ideas, change them as often as you change your shirts.” - Francis Picabia


Art is Interdisciplinary

“Art inspires art, often crossing boundary lines in magnificent cross-disciplinary manifestations.”

In February of 2010, Paris-based designer and illustrator Stephen Crowe set out to both read and illustrate James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake” (NOT an easy read)! Check out this article to view a few fascinating projects that demonstrate how the humanities come together.


The Western Tradition: The Basics

Statue of a Kouros (youth), ca. 590-580 B.C.E., Fletcher Fund, 1932, Metropolitan Museum of Art- (32.11.1)The Western Tradition in art generally refers to the aesthetic and cultural tradition of Western civilization--countries in Western Europe and North America. It begins with the earliest art of what would become ancient Greece and Rome--and continues to the present day--although definitions are always changing. In art history, we generally break the Western Tradition down into some major divisions. Each of these periods (of course) has numerous movements within it--not every movement is listed here--and the definitions are not carved in stone. But it’s a start at helping you sort out the Western Tradition.

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Spring Begins with Botticelli

La Primavera (ca 1482), by Sandro Botticelli (click photo for larger image)“Titles of old paintings tend to be modern inventions, coined by galleries or popular culture.... But very early in its history, Sandro Botticelli's depiction of the goddess Venus, raising her hand in blessing over a gathering of mythological followers, acquired the name it bears today: “La Primavera”. It's a lovely word, the Italian for spring – and there's a good chance this is what Botticelli called it when he first unveiled it to the Medicis in 1481.”

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Classic Works of Art Made with Jelly Beans

Kristen Cumings, "Girl With a Pearl Earring", Jelly Belly Candy Company Corporate Collection (click photo for larger image)

"A few years ago, Jelly Belly officially hired painter and illustrator Kristen Cumings to produce several works of art to add to their collection entitled Jelly Belly Masterpieces of Confectionary Art. The California-based painter takes about 50-60 hours to complete the life-size paintings made of approximately 9,000 to 12,000 jelly beans each. The enormous 4 x 6 feet murals each depict a classic work of art, from Vincent can Gogh's The Starry Night to Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring."

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(via Neatorama)