Saturday, August 20, 2011

Daily Art Quote

Boy with Squirrel (Henry Pelham)
John Singleton Copley  1765
"You can't use up creativity.
The more you use, the more you have."   

Friday, August 19, 2011

Daily Art Quote

The smallest feline is a masterpiece.
Leonardo da Vinci

Study of cats
Leonardo da Vinci

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Art of the Lost Colony - Roanoke

In 1590, the English colony of Roanoke, mysteriously disappeared without a trace. John White, who had been appointed governor of the tiny colony, was also an artist. Commissioned to paint the surroundings and people of the New World, his watercolors are the first known works of art to depict the indigineous people of early America.

John White
Secotan Village 1584

John White
Algonkin 1585

John White
Cooking Fire 1585

John White
Map of Roanoke 1584

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

10 Strange Facts about the Mona Lisa

In 1911, the painting "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci was
stolen from The Louvre Museum. Here are 10 strange facts
about the theft: LA Times Article
Leonardo da Vinci
Mona Lisa  1503-1505

Daily Art Quote

The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself and carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion. It is the current which he puts forth, which sweeps you along in his passion. Pierre-Auguste Renoir

File:Renoir - The Two Sisters, On the Terrace.jpg
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Two Sisters, On the Terrace  1881


Happy Birthday! : Francesco Albani

Francesco Albani (17 August 1578 – 4 October 1660), was an Italian Baroque painter and fresco artist.
I just love the way he painted the little cherubs!

Francesco Albani
Holy Family  1630-1635
Uffizi Gallery

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Daily Art Quote

I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting.
Winston Churchill
A Study of Boats  1933

Monday, August 15, 2011

A Brush with History: Macbeth is Killed

On this date in 1057, Macbeth is killed by Malcolm. Shakespeare's play Macbeth is ripe with imagery, and has served as a source of content for artists throughout the last 400 years.

Lady Macbeth
Johann Heinrich Fuseli
Lady Macbeth

Macbeth and the Witches
Henry Fuseli
Macbeth and the Three Witches

Theodore Chasseriau
Macbeth and the Three Weird Sisters

Stephen Reid
Stephen Reid
Macbeth  1817

Henry Fuseli
Henry Fuseli
Lady Macbeth with the Daggers
"Macbeth seeing the ghost of Banquo" by Théodore Chassériau
William Rimmer
American, 1816-1879

Life Imitates Art: Thief Steals Rembrandt Drawing

In the novel The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon Series #10) by Daniel Silva, the Israeli spy Gabriel Allon tracks down a stolen Rembrandt painting. Last Saturday, in a California hotel, life imitated art as a thief made off with a precious Rembrandt drawing.

Cops watch surveillance video in Rembrandt heist

Image: Rembrandt's "The Judgment"
"The Judgment," an 11-by-6 inch drawing by Rembrandt van Rijn, was taken from a California hotel.

Daily Art Quote

A painting is a symbol for the universe. Inside it, each piece relates to the other. Each piece is only answerable to the rest of that little world. So, probably in the total universe, there is that kind of total harmony, but we get only little tastes of it. - Corita Kent

Portrait of Arrigo Licinio and His Family-
Oil on canvas, 118 x 165 cm
Galleria Borghese, Rome

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Happy Birthday - Francesco Zuccarelli: The Little Pumpkin

Francesco Zuccarelli (8/15/1702 – 12/30/1788) was an Italian landscape painter, who travelled to England and enjoyed great success there as a critically acclaimed artist. His name means "little pumpkin," and he sometimes signed his work with a pumpkin-like marking.

Francesco Zuccarelli
Landscape, before 1788

Daily Art Quote

The Delphic Sibyl (detail)
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
::: Michelangelo :::