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The 16th century meets 21st century: Pablo Garcia makes temporary tattoos of memento mori skull, a la Hans Holbein the Younger’s 1533 oil painting “The Ambassadors.” A reminder of mortality, Garcia encourages us to place the skull image on our index finger and point at others (and ourselves), bringing the anamorphic skull to life in proper proportions. 107 more words

Art History

"House of Eternal Return" by Meow Wolf

A house built within a house by artist collective Meow Wolf on a scale reminiscent of Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro’s famous/infamous “Womanhouse.”

It’s always nighttime here, since the “House of Eternal Return” has no direct access to sunlight–-a feat seemingly straight out of Tim Burton’s… 142 more words

Art History

Constantine Brancusi, TORSO OF A YOUNG MAN

Constantine Brancusi, Torso of a Young Man

  • Bronze on stone and wood bases, 102.4 X 50.5 X 46.1 cm. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
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Art History

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes - Symbolism and Hope

Pierre-Cécile Puvis de Chavannes, Hope, 1872

Pierre – Cécile Puvis was born at Lyon in France in 1824.  (It was not until later in life that he added  ‘de Chevannes’  to his surname, which originated from his  aristocrat forebears in Burgundy.) 798 more words

Art Appreciation

Arabian Ornament from the 12th to the 18th Century

Wow, I ever knew there was so much behind Islamic decoration!

If you are looking for a book that captures the  elaborate geometric patterns of the Arabian world, this is the book for you. 43 more words