Henry Peach Robinson, Little Riding Red Hood, 1858 1.’Her Mother having only one day made some cakes, said to Little Red Riding Hood, ‘I hear your poor old Grandma has been ailing; so, prithee, go and...
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I love the way the story is condensed into just four short titles.
"La Gioconda was painted by a pupil or follower of the artist at the same time as the original. The importance of this discovery, which was made during the study and restoration of the painting at the Prado for its inclusion in the exhibition at the Louvre on Leonardo that opens on 29 March, lies in the fact that as a contemporary and perfectly preserved copy, it contributes important information on both the landscape background and on numerous details of the mysterious sitter. The latter include the shape of the chair, the ornamentation of the cloth covering her breast and the semi-transparent veil around her shoulders."
The eerie stencil paintings of human hands in Spanish caves might not be from humans at all. New dating methods of the paintings suggest some of the cave art is more than 40,000 years old and could have been drawn by Neanderthals.
"The town of Ascoli was under papal rule and in 1482 Pope Sixtus IV granted it a degree of self-government. [...] News of Ascoli's new status reached the town on the feast of the Annunciation on 25 March, which then became a special feast day when the town celebrated its liberty."
The crisp detail in this work makes it just pop. There is so much going on that the eye is constantly pulled away from the Annunciation scene, or more specifically, Mary. Her room tucked away in the corner is like a hidden treat to be discovered and rediscovered as you look at the painting.
Mary is calmly reading, so the scene would seem to occur in the instants before she addressed by Gabriel. It is interesting to think that we are seeing her right before her life changes forever.
(I love the National Gallery's website. I'm constantly discovering new treats. This page has audio of a historian talking about the food shown in the painting.)
In 1692 an artist known only as "A. Boogert" sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two,
There's more to composition than the rule of thirds. And Fibonacci's not an opera singer. (You're thinking of Pavarotti -- or of Bocelli -- or of no opera singers because why would you be?) The composition is the frame and the arrangement of the elements in that frame. What are the elements of a frame? The mise-en-scène -- everything in the frame that makes up the frame, including everything from the actors, to lighting, to props, to costumes, to composition.
"Xu Jiang was born in Fujian province in 1955. [...] Since 2003, Xu Jiang's woks has focused on sunflowers. They relate to his experience living in the countryside of Fujian province as a middle school teacher. Xu Jiang once said sunflowers are not always facing the sun, but 'stands to one direction, where the sun rises.'"
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