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    A fascinating and highly entertaining look at one of the most important families of the Renaissance era--the Medici.
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    “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.

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Symbolism: Fantastic Realities

Odilon Redon - The Cyclops - c. 1900 - Oil on canvas (click photo for larger image)During the decades before 1900--and into the twentieth century--the Symbolists were the avant-garde, and one of quite a new kind, influencing not only the arts but also the thought and spirit of the epoch. Symbolists believed that art should aim to capture  absolute truths, which could only be accessed by indirect methods. Thus, they wrote and painted in a highly metaphorical and suggestive manner, endowing particular images or objects with symbolic meaning. They drew upon everything from religious art to literature to dream imagery. The Symbolist Manifesto claimed Symbolism to be hostile to "plain meanings, declamations, false sentimentality and matter-of-fact description", stating that its goal instead was to "clothe the Ideal in a perceptible form" whose "goal was not in itself, but whose sole purpose was to express the Ideal”. Odilon Redon was one of the masters of Symbolism. A piece on him will follow soon!


The Haunting Visual Poetry of Odilon Redon

Odilon Redon - The Smiling Spider - 1881- Charcoal - 49.5 x 39 cm - Musée du Louvre, Paris (click photo for larger image)Odilon Redon - The Crying Spider - 1881 - Charcoal - 49.5 x 37.5 cm - Private collection, The Netherlands (click photo for larger image)French artist Odilon Redon (1840-1916) was among the finest of the Symbolist painters. The mystery and sometimes grotesque nature of his work is haunting - highly imaginable - and definitely inspiring. Redon’s work can be a resource for any artists interested in creating fantastic characters--and a source of enjoyment for all people who simply enjoy visual poetry and the bizarre! Visit the above link to learn more about Redon--and to peruse his art.