Monthly Archives: December 2014

Munch, The Sick Child

Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter and print maker 1863–1944, is perhaps my most favorite artist.His psychological themes are built on Symbolism but his work is also influenced by Expressionism. He grew up during a time when Tuberculosis, also called Consumption or the … Continue reading

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Botticelli’s muse

Simonetta Cattaneo Vespucci (ca. 1453 – 26 April 1476), was an Italian noblewoman who was considered the greatest beauty in the city of Florence where she lived. She died aged only 22 years. She is the muse of many paintings by … Continue reading

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Fra Angelico, early Renaissance painter

Fra Angelico, c. 1395[2] – February 18, 1455) was an Early Italian Renaissance painter described by Vasari in his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects as having “a rare and perfect talent.” More below. Fra Angelico, The Annunciation Interesting … Continue reading

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Hans Holbein the Younger, Northern Renaissance

Miniature portrait of Jane Small by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1593), strikingly realistic. Holbein was a court painter of Henry VIII. Most of his models were nobility, but she was not. One of her daughters, Katherine, was accused of adultery … Continue reading

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Saatchi shock artist and photographer Richard Billingham

I’m going to assume people may not like this post, but when I visited the Saatchi Young British Artists (YBA) exhibit in Brooklyn years ago, Richard Billingham’s photos really caught my attention more than most of the art. See more … Continue reading

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Le Bal des Ardents, a Masquerade Ball of Terror

Here is an illuminated manuscript painting from the 15th century Froissart’s Chronicles. It tells a very disturbing story. (See more below).     The Bal des Ardents (Ball of the Burning Men[1]) or Bal des Sauvages[2] was a masquerade ball[note 1] … Continue reading

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Jean Hazera, French painter of the fantastique

Jean Hazera is a talented contemporary French painter who borrows from many medieval and surrealist traditions to create original art. Visit his website. Jean Hazera, Le Paradis Terrestre, 2005

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Fra Angelico, Transitional Early Renaissance

Fra Angelico, Perugia Triptych Angel of the Annunciation. See more below. Late Gothic naturalism marked by cluttered description, decorative colors, extensive gilding, flattened and elongated forms, vertical perspective (rising rather than receding), and symbolic scale (figure size determined by relative … Continue reading

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Early Florentine Master

Gherardo Starnina (c. 1360–1413) was an important painter from Florence, Italy who worked extensively in Spain and may have been an influence on Fra Angelico, the famous early Italian Renaissance painter. Starnina, Gherardo, detail from Two Seated Angels Making Music

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John Heartfield, Dadaist Extraordinaire and Nazi defier

John Heartfield (1891–1968), born Helmut Herzfel, turned art into a political weapon. Joining the KPD (German Communist Party) between WWI and WWII as well as following the Dadaists, he created photomontages mocking Hitler and the Nazi party. See more below. 1939. Hitler … Continue reading

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