In the article "Horrors of Anzac aftermath laid bare", The Age Newspaper in Melbourne tried to uncover WW1 soldiers' personal stories. The timing was perfect - just in time for the 100th anniversary of the war in 2014. Private Bertram Byrnes' war service record, for example, is on the Australian National Archives website. Show More Summary
The Scream by Edvard Munch (1863-1944) is one of the most famous paintings in Western art history -- and perhaps the most powerful Expressionist painting ever made. It certainly is the most readily recognized. Edvard Munch spent his childhood in Oslo, the second of five children born to a prominent Norwegian family. Show More Summary
In 1931, the International Olympic Committee awarded the 1936 Summer Olympics to Berlin. The choice signalled Germany's inclusion in the democratic world community after the horrors of World War I.It was only after Hitler was appointed...Show More Summary
Homage To Rembrandt: Bathsheba (2001) by the American painter Patricia Watwood (born 1971). Here the subject is not any more the story of the Old Testament but art history itself.
The Landing of William Penn by the American history painter Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863-1930). There are a lot of nice (schoolbook) details, all the different costumes, the Native Americans, the trapper, the soldier, dutch settlers etc. There is even the year of the landing on the building.Though it's sugary, too sweet, more like a costume ball.
Home Blogs Picture This Munch at 150: More to Scream About? by Bob Duggan November 8, 2013, 9:18 AM If you know only one work of modern art, it’s probably The Scream. More people know that “Mona Lisa” of modern angst than know the name of the artist that painted it over a century ago—Edvard Munch. Show More Summary
Home Blogs Picture This What Is the Legacy of Calvin and Hobbes? by Bob Duggan November 5, 2013, 9:10 PM Is there anyone who doesn’t like Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes? I say “like” and not “liked” in the past tense, because the...Show More Summary
Home Blogs Picture This Making the “Divine” Bach Human Again by Bob Duggan November 2, 2013, 7:21 AM “This is what I have to say about Bach’s life’s work,” Albert Einstein once remarked. “Listen, play, love, revere—and keep your trap...Show More Summary
All semester, the students have been reading about the Silk Road that linked Beijing to Istanbul via Central China, Xinjiang, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. We have examined the architecture of Islamic mosques, Buddhist temples, sculpted caves, markets and caravanserais. Show More Summary
Women artists who had previously struggling to establish their art careers, now emerged and bloomed, at least from the late Victorian era on. We ask the following questions:1. Did women do well in the arts because of a generalised increase in support for feminisim. Show More Summary
Gentlemens pleasures by the French artist Adolphe Alexandre Lesrel (1839-1929). Another of the typical Lesrel genre paintings. Normally settled in the 17th century where men dresses in Rembrandt costumes have even a better time as on Rembrandt's paintings.
The City of Paris preserves the two houses where Victor Hugo (1802-85) lived the longest, one in Paris itself and one on the island of Guernsey. In addition, there is a third home that I want to discuss - his holiday home in Normandy.1. Show More Summary
“Unimaginable!” roared Parisian newspaper headlines on August 23, 2011, the day after the Louvre discovered that someone had stolen Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Who, everyone asked, took La Joconde, as the French called her? Two years passed before the world learned the thief’s name—Vincenzo Peruggia, an obscure, Italian housepainter. Show More Summary
Have you ever noticed how long people look at a painting in a museum or gallery? Surveys have clocked view times anywhere between 10 and 17 seconds. The Louvre estimated that visitors studied the Mona Lisa, the most famous painting in the world, for an astoundingly low average of 15 seconds. Show More Summary
Lot and his daughters engraving by the Dutch artist Lucas van Leyden (1494-1533) part of his series "vrouwenlisten" where he depicted famous women of the Old Testament aimed at connoisseurs.
Edward J Steichen (1879–1973) was born in Luxembourg and immigrated to the USA with his parents when he was a toddler. When he was still an adolescent, Steichen began a four-year lithography apprenticeship with the American Fine Art Company of Milwaukee. Show More Summary
This exotic scenery is by the Austrian painter Rudolf Ernst (1854-1932). Ernst was a famous orientalist painters and did here something which looks a little historical. But I think it doesn't matter. He was alsways looking fpr the exotic, the strange. So it's more a kindof pre-fantasy painting.
The book Crown and Camera: The Royal Family and Photography 1842-1910 was written by Frances Dimand and Roger Taylor, and published by Penguin in 1987. The book displayed photographs from the Royal Archives, starting in 1842 when the first known photograph of a member of the royal family was taken, and ending in 1910, the year King Edward VII died. Show More Summary
Katy Waldman wrote in The Age (5/10/2013) the following story. The New Yorker reports that training academies for Reich wives-to-be cropped up throughout the late 1930s, to usher young maidens towards their spiritual and reproductive destinies. Show More Summary
“Paranoia’s the garlic in life’s kitchen,” remarks the central character, Maxine Tarnow, of Thomas Pynchon’s latest novel, Bleeding Edge. “You can never have too much.” Pynchon seasons his latest epic voyage into the American psyche with enough paranoia to ward off even the most persistent of vampires, if not his critics. Show More Summary