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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.

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J.A.D. Ingres - The Non-Romantic Painter

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres - Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière - 1806 - Oil on canvas, 100 x 70 cm - Musée du Louvre, Paris. The painting was exhibited at the Salon of 1806. (click photo for larger image)French painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique (J.A.D.) Ingres (1780-1867) was an icon of cultural conservatism in 19th-century France. He became the principal proponent of Neoclassical painting, following the death of his mentor, Jacques-Louis David. The cool, meticulously drawn works of Ingres were a complete antithesis of the emotionalism and colorism of the Romanticism that sought to challenge it. Many found the movement to be old-fashioned. However, the spatial and anatomical distortions embedded in Ingres’ portraits and nudes most definitely anticipate some of the boldest formal experiments that would be taken by 20th-century Modernists.


Met Buys a David for $840

Jacques-Louis David - The Death of Socrates, brush, black ink and grey (click photo for larger image)

“Amid the multi-million-dollar record prices and packed salerooms of New York’s Old Master week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art quietly made the steal of the season in the Old Master drawings auction at Swann Galleries on 29 January.”