Modern Degas
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Modern Degas

I have always found a special admiration for a lot of Degas work. I especially enjoy his self-portraits and his works in oils. However, the Museum of Modern Art in New York is holding an exhibit of very abstract works by Degas called  “Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty”. One can read the New York … Continue reading

Notes on Neo-Classicism and Art of the 18th Century
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Notes on Neo-Classicism and Art of the 18th Century

The famous Cardinal Albani commissioned Anton Raphael Mengs to paint the Parnassus Ceiling for the Villa Albani in Rome. The Villa Albani, not particularly suited as a permanent residence or for hosting guests, was a showcase for Cardinal Albani’s rich and extensive collection of classical antiquities. Albani dealt in buying and selling ancient objects from Rome and Greece, and along … Continue reading

Edward Hopper
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Edward Hopper

[1]The artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is hard to classify. We think of Hopper as a modern painter. However, he continues a trend in American painting going back to William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri. In fact, Hopper was a student of both these artists and followed their influence in depicting American life with realism. (Perhaps … Continue reading

Finishing Da Vinci
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Finishing Da Vinci

Originally posted on Angus Carroll's Blog:
Few people are as famous as Leonardo da Vinci. His paintings have become icons of civilization, his notebooks the quintessential expression of the creative and scientific mind. He is who we mean when we say ‘Renaissance Man.’ But he had a fatal flaw. For all his artistic and inventive…

Hals and Rembrandt
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Hals and Rembrandt

On July 26, 1581, independence issued forth among the Low Countries and a birth of freedom swept through the lands. The beginning acts of the Eighty Years War began to loosen the hold of Catholic dogmatism and repression. The influence of Philip II of Spain, a devout Catholic, faded and dissipated among the Calvinist Dutch, releasing … Continue reading