By some accounts, last year’s move of the Barnes Foundation from its original home to the new location on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway marked the last stroke in the fall of Western civilization. Hyperbole reigned, arguments...Show More Summary
In San Francisco Bay the army built an island dock in the mid 19th century and constructed defensive positions. Several buildings had been added by the 1860s, when dozens of artillery pieces helped defend against possible Confederate incursions during the Civil War. Show More Summary
The Cadaver Synod (1870) by the French painter Jean-Paul Laurens (1838-1921). Laurens shows here one of the most bizarre episodes of the medieval history. In 897 a posthumos trial was conducted against the dead Pope Formosus therefore removed from his tomb.
Eva Gonzalès (1849–1883) was born in Paris, the daughter of a cultivated Spanish writer and a cultivated Belgian musician. Her father, a naturalised Frenchman, ran a home that was buzzing with critics, writers and artists, including the director of the newspaper Siècle.In 1865, young Eva began her art training. Show More Summary
Women have come a long way in the arts, but there’s still a long way to go. It’s not so unusual to find the work of contemporary women artists in galleries and art historians continue to comb through the past in search of overlooked women visionaries. Show More Summary
No myth about art and artists abides as pervasively as that of Vincent Van Gogh, the mad genius. To mark the grand reopening of the renovated Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, curators and conservators hope to renovate Van Gogh’s madman mythology with the exhibition Van Gogh at Work. Show More Summary
Israel in Egypt (1867) by the English painter Edward Poynter (1836-1919). Despite showing the hard slave labour of the people of Israel the artist is much more fascinated by the monumental Egyptian architecture which he evidently knew by the prints of David Roberts.
Susanna and the Elders by the Dutch painter Peter Wtewael (1596-1660).
Every historian in the universe wants to discover a treasure trove of written texts, photographs or objects that has never been seen before. Most historians never manage it.The small French village of Vignacourt is north of Paris, near Amiens. Show More Summary
I was reading a discussion about the best film that a reviewer had seen and fully expected him to select Gone with the Wind (USA 1939) Citizen Kane (USA 1941), Casablanca (USA 1942), The Third Man (UK 1949), Lawrence of Arabia (UK 1962)...Show More Summary
Thomas Gainsborough (c. 1727-1788), the youngest son of a maker of woolen goods, convinced his father to allow him to study painting in London - a remarkable feat (and undertaking) for a 13 year old. He apprenticed with the French illustrator...Show More Summary
Håkon the Good (1860) by the Norwegian painter Peter Nicolai Arbo (1831-1892). Arbo depicts here the christian king Håkon the Good attacked by a pagan priest.
The Australian War Memorial tells of how, soon after its acquisition by Britain during the Napoleonic wars, the tip of Africa had been shared between British colonies and independent republics of Boers i.e Dutch–Afrikaner settler farmers. Show More Summary
Few things are as painful to watch in movies as an activity you know and love being portrayed poorly. From the awkward baseball swings of athletically challenged actors to the magical creativity of thespian painters and sculptors, the typical bio-pic rankles with under-researched insensitivity to the hard work and dedication of the subject depicted. Show More Summary
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Giuseppe Verdi born 1813 in Le Roncole near Parma, son of tavern-keepers. Then the family moved to Busseto where young Giuseppe had a normal high school education, along side his musical studies. He married Margherita Barezzi in 1836, daughter of his great patron Antonio Barezzi, and soon became municipal music master of Busseto. Show More Summary
To paraphrase Tennyson, in the spring, a young (or old) man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of baseball. It’s “love” in the original, or course. When I saw a notice for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s current exhibition "A Sport for Every Girl": Women and Sports in the Collection of Jefferson R. Show More Summary
The Woman, the Man and the Serpent; (1911) by the English painter John Byam Shaw (1872-1919).
Can the study of art history stop looking like ancient history itself? Can it transcend the old approaches and embrace the digital world? As digitized as art history has become in terms of merely creating online repositories of texts and images, it still lags in going fully digital in terms of using computers to aid in the analysis of art. Show More Summary
In 1910 the Marquis de la Vega Inclán (1858-1942), close friend of King Alfonso XIII, was selected by the Spanish government to foster cultural tourism. In particular he was asked to create a hotel chain aimed at improving Spain’s international reputation as a unique tourist destination. Show More Summary