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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.
Thursday
Apr122012

Mediate and Contemplate - The Sistine Chapel Virtual Tour

Detail view of the Sistine Chapel InteriorThe rather nondescript Sistine Chapel is undoubtedly the most famous structure in the Vatican--which enjoys around four million visitors each year. Completed in 1481 by Giovanni del Dolci, it is most famous for its amazing fresco programs. Contributors to the programs include such masters as Perugino, Pinturicchio, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio (Domenico and Benedetto), Signorelli, and Rosselli. Tapestries designed by Raphael also adorn the chapel.

The most important artworks there are the frescoes by Michelangelo on the ceiling and on the west wall behind the altar. Art historians have built entire careers on studying the works in the chapel--and there is a wealth of information about it. But...its true significance lies in the power of the images themselves. While nothing can ever take the place of seeing an artwork “in the flesh” -- anyone who has visited the chapel recently knows that its crowded and sometimes difficult to really appreciate all it has to offer.

The Sistine Chapel Virtual Tour is an excellent alternative to being there. You can zoom in on any detail you want to see, and navigate the entire chapel in whatever ways you choose. The music is lovely (so turn up your speakers) and the art is awe inspiring. This is truly a spiritual experience. So do visit. If you’re having a rough week--I promise this will make you feel better!

Thursday
Apr122012

Dulwich Picture Gallery to Mount First UK Showing of Andy Warhol: The Portfolios

Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali (3 of 4), 1978, Screenprint, 47.75 x 39.5cm, Bank of America Collection, Image © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2011.Andy Warhol is one of those figures whose character and legend somewhat overshadow his talents. But he was a giant in the realm of silk-screen printing--and this exhibit will definitely be worth seeing--for those of you who can get there!

LONDON.- Dulwich Picture Gallery announced its summer exhibition Andy Warhol: The Portfolios, Bank of America Collection. The exhibition will focus on the period 1962-1984 during which Warhol focused almost exclusively on the silk-screen printing method.

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Wednesday
Apr112012

Quote of the Day

Willem de Kooning“Whatever an artist’s personal feelings are, as soon as an artist fills a certain area on the canvas or circumscribes it, he becomes historical. He acts from or upon other artists.” - Willem de Kooning

Wednesday
Apr112012

Leaf Carving - Patience IS a Virtue

The process of creating a leaf sculpture takes skill, time, a gentle touch and extreme patienceLeaf carving involves the manual cutting and removal of a leaf's surface, to produce a work of art on the leaf. Artists work with extreme care and with special tools to remove the leaf's surface, where needed, without damaging or removing the veins.  Veins add detail to the subject matter. The process is very complicated and it usually takes about 3-4 months to complete the artwork. Click here to learn more and see some of the amazing results....

Tuesday
Apr102012

Rare Work on Paper Assumed Lost to History Emerges From a Private Texas Collection

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), Joueur des cartes (A Card Player), 1892-1896. Watercolor on laid paper. Estimate: $15,000,000-$20,000,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012.We can certainly never have too many Cézannes--so we’re pleased to learn that a rare watercolor by him has surfaced. From ArtDaily.org:

NEW YORK, NY.- A rare watercolor study by the modern master Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) last seen in public in 1953 has re-emerged from a private collection in Texas after nearly 60 years...

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