Happy Easter

“But for everyone, believers or not, the works of art inspired by Scripture remain a reflection of the unfathomable mystery which engulfs and inhabits the world.” Pope John Paul II, from his Letter to Artists, 1999 Stained glass window by Marc Chagall, St. Stephen Church, MainzSt. Basils Cathedral, Moscow Assumption Cathedral, Kremlin, Russia Notre Dame … Read more

Artaissance – Giclee prints and canvases

New York Botanical Garden Martagon #4 Artaissance is a great online source for art prints (in both giclee and canvas prints) by contemporary artists. They were kind enough to offer me the opportunity to check out their service from order to delivery. I ordered this Mary Calkins Lago e Ladera in a print on canvas. … Read more

The Peacock Room: Seeing is Believing

The Peacock Room by James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834–1903). 1876–1877.Freer Gallery of ArtF1904.61 The ‘”other” Linda Merrill (aka art historian and former curator of the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian; aka the really smart Linda Merrill) wrote an excellent piece in yesterdays Wall Street Journal about the amazingly beautiful Peaocock Room that is part of … Read more

Nollette Studio

Nollette Studio is a Brooklyn, NY based design practice founded by Maureen Nollette in 1998. She previously designed and manufactured a line of minimal, modern contemporary furniture that received quite a bit of acclaim in the industry. Maureen has now carried her minimal aesthetic to a line of limited edition fine art prints which have … Read more

Ciao Italia – A little angel makes a big noise

This famous image is a painting by Rosso Fiorentino entitled “Angelo musicante”. I saw it today at the Uffizi Gallery. We see this little cutie in many forms – posters, mugs, inspirational books. It’s telling that when I googled it – more art poster sites came up than scholarly websites. Like the “Mona Lisa”, it … Read more

Ciao Italia – Visiting the Galleria Uffizi

One of the highlights of my trip to the Galleria Uffizi were the Botticelli’s – “La Primavera (Spring)” and “Birth of Venus”. Botticelli was one of the first painters of his time who painted scenes from Greek and Roman myths as opposed to soley biblical scenes. These two paintings are lovely depictions of beauty and … Read more

Ciao Italia – The most bella man!

The next stop on my first day here in Florence was to the Galleria dell’Accademia, which is the home of Michelangelo’s DAVID. A little history courtesy of the Web Gallery of Art. “When in Rome at the end of the 15th Century, Michelangelo carved the first of his major works, the Bacchus (Florence, Bargello) and … Read more

Titian’s pale and fleshy beauties on the market

Diana and Actaeon (1556 – 1559) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) Diana and Callisto (1556 – 1559) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) Based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, these paintings are part of a group of six that Titian produced for Philip II of Spain between 1556 and 1559. Revered for their dramatic energy and Titian’s striking palette, they … Read more