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"Judith, II" or "Salome"

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)
"Judith, II" ("Salome")

1909, Oil/canvas
178 x 46 cm
Galleria d'Arte Moderna Venice, Italy


Hieronimus Bosch The Ship of Fools

Hieronimus Bosch
(c. 1460-1518)
The Ship of Fools

1490-1500, Oil on panel Louvre, Paris, France.


Oak Tree in the Snow

Caspar David Friedrich
(1774-1840)
The Oak Tree in the
Snow

(1829) 71 x 48 cm
Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin

 

The Knight with His Hand on His Breast

El Greco
The Knight with His Hand on His Breast

oil/canvas, 81x66 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

 

Liberty Inviting Artists To Take Part In The 22nd Exhibition Of The Societe Des Artistes Independants

Henry Rousseau
Liberty Inviting Artists To Take Part In The 22nd Exhibition Of The Societe Des Artistes Independants

1905, oil/canvas
175 x 118 cm
The National Museum of Modern Art
Tokyo

 



Sir Alma-Tadema
A Flag of Truce.
1900. Oil on panel. Mr. & Mrs. Harold H. Stream, New Orleans, USA.

 

Michelangelos David

Michaelangelo
David.
1501-1504. Marble. Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence, Italy.

 

Blue Cat by Oleg Lipchenko

Oleg Lipchenko
Blue Cat

oil/canvas, 35.8 x 24 in. / 91 x 61 cm, 2005

 

Durer

Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) Self-Portrait at 28
1500. Oil on panel. Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

 

Petrus Christus

Petrus Christus c.1410-1472/73
A Young Lady. c. 1470
Oil on wood. Gemaldegalerie, Berlin, Germany.

 
     
 
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"The Hunters in the Snow" or "January" 1565
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Pieter Bruegel (about 1525-69), usually known as Pieter Bruegel the Elder, or "Peasant Bruegel" was the greatest Flemish painter of the 16th century, is by far the most important member of the family...

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Gustav Klimt - The Frontrunner of Vienna Art Nouveau
By Annette Labedzki

Gustav Klimt was an Austrian painter of Symbolism and Art Nouveau movement, born on July 14, 1862 to Ernst Klimt, a gold engraver, and Anna Klimt, at Baumgarten, a small place near Vienna. He had two brothers and four sisters & was the second of the siblings. His childhood struggled with poverty and economic difficulties. Bagging a scholarship in 1876, Gustav Klimt completed his architectural painter training form the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts in 1883. His basic work reflected the elements of conservative training. In the year 1877, his brother, Ernst also joined the Vienna School.

Both the brothers, along with a friend, Franz Matsch formed a great team called the "Company of Artists." With the help of their teachers, the trio completed the murals for Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna by 1880. Gustav Klimt started his career by painting the ceilings and the other interiors of the tall buildings. Paintings, sketches, and murals formed the major portion of his works, themed mainly around female body. He adored and idolized Hans Makart, the famous history painter of his time. A series of "Allegories and Emblems" was Klimt's first major success... Read more

 
 
 
  On Illustrating, with Oleg Lipchenko
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Humpty Dumpty and Friends illustrated by Oleg Lipchenko
     
  Oleg Lipchenko tells Open Book the little-known meanings behind some well-known nursery rhymes, how these nursery rhymes became popular the Russian language, and why oil painting is like an orchestral symphony. His newest book, Humpty Dumpty and Friends: Nursery Rhymes for the Young at Heart (Tundra Books) will delight readers of any age.

Open Book:
Tell us about Humpty Dumpty and Friends: Nursery Rhymes for the Young at Heart.

Oleg Lipchenko:
It all comes from my childhood. English nursery rhymes exist in the Russian language thanks to the great translations of Samuil Marshak and Korney Chukovsky. Those translations are so perfect that they have become an organic part of Russian culture, and millions of people in the countries of the former Soviet Union grew up reading them. Later on, while growing up and studying the English language, I became familiar with the original English versions of nursery rhymes...

 
     
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Hanging Paintings - Feng-Shui Recommendations
By Ned Ryerson

Where is the best place to hang a picture?

Every artwork, be it a painting or a photograph, generates its own certain kind of energy and creates a unique mood in the viewers. This energy depends on two factors:
1. The dominating color in the picture.
2. The content of the picture (subject matter and theme)

How does one figure out which picture could be useful and fitting in which room: living room, dining room etc? Each room has it own characteristics, such as color, style, size, view from window, and therefore has its own energy. So, in order to fit into a particular room, a picture has to compliment such energy, and not to contradict it. This is only a general idea, to be precise in choosing the picture and finding right place for it, we have to make certain feng shui calculations... Read more

 
     
 
     
  What is Good Art? Interior Design Professionals Weigh in
by Renee Castelluzzo
 
     
  Hieronymus Bosch  
     
  The first rule for buying art is to love it. The second rule is to be able to pay for it without taking out a bank loan. And, rule #3? Feel good about what you paid for it.

So, how do you know that a piece of art is worth the asking price? If you love it, and can afford it, should you buy it?

We asked over one-hundred interior design professionals for some help. We asked them to review pieces of art and tell us what they think about the quality of the work and the asking price. Each designer chose five pieces of art to review from over 4000 original and limited edition artworks created by independent, fine artists whose work is available at www.DiscoveredArtists.com
 
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  The Metropolitan Museum of Art Has Great Influence on Art's History
By Mike Selvon
 
     
  The Metropolitan Museum  
     
 

When making plans to visit New York City, whether for a family vacation or for a business trip, it is difficult not to run across plenty of information and promotions about the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This world-class museum is one of the largest anywhere, as well as being one of the best known, and it is where some of the most wonderful collections of fine art anywhere in the world are housed.

The collections that are housed in this New York museum are comprised of more than two million works of amazing art. This stunning supply of art treasures spans more than 5,000 years of world history and culture that comes from every corner the globe. The "Met," as it is popularly called, especially by locals, was founded in 1870 and it is located along the eastern edge of New York City's Central Park, situated on Fifth Avenue. Each year it receives millions of visitors...

 
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  Degas's famous sculpture Little Dancer celebrated in exhibition at National Gallery of Art  
         
   

Toronto, Canada - Articsok Gallery opens an exhibition of the internationally renowned sculptor Blake Ward: ‘Just Beneath the Surface’. Opening: Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6-9pm at 1697 St. Clair avenue West, Toronto. October 9, 2014 – November 9, 2014. Blake Ward was born in Yellowknife in the North West Territories in Canada, then raised and educated in Edmonton, Alberta where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1979 from the University of Alberta. Having exhausted his repertoire of steel abstract sculptures, he found his true interest lay in classical figurative sculpture. Unable to find a teacher in Canada, Blake moved to Paris in 1985 where he studied with Cyril Heck until 1989. When the opportunity arose to be closer to the foundry of his choice, Foundry Venturi Arte in Bologna, he moved to his current studio in Monte Carlo in 1991.

 
         
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  Degas's famous sculpture Little Dancer celebrated in exhibition at National Gallery of Art  
         
   

Washington, DC.- The National Gallery of Art's Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (1878–1881) takes center stage in Degas's Little Dancer, a focus exhibition on view from October 5, 2014 through January 11, 2015. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' world-premiere musical Little Dancer, which runs from October 25, 2014 through November 30, 2014. The musical is inspired by Edgar Degas's renowned original wax statuette of a young ballerina, which caused a sensation when it was first shown at the 1881 impressionist exhibition in Paris and is one of the most popular works of art in the Gallery of Art's collection. "Thanks to the generosity of Gallery benefactor Paul Mellon, the Gallery has the largest and most important collection of Degas's original wax sculptures, including the groundbreaking Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, one of the best-loved sculptures of all time," said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art...

 
         
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  Frist Center hosts Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Highlights from the Detroit Institute of Arts  
         
   

NASHVILLE, TN.- Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Highlights from the Detroit Institute of Arts will open at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts on February 1, 2013. Drawn entirely from the superb collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, this exhibition presents works of the great Dutch masters including Frans Hals, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jacob van Ruisdael and Jan Steen, along with related decorative arts. Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age will remain on view in the Frist Center’s Ingram Gallery through May 19, 2013. Comprised of 73 paintings and 16 decorative arts, the exhibition sets the work of the great Dutch masters within the larger social, religious and political context of the Dutch Golden Age...

 
         
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  Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam: One of the most important museums reopening in 2013  
         
  Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam  

AMSTERDAM.- The most important museum opening in 2013 is the Grand Opening of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on 13 April after a 10 year closure. The renovation, which has completely transformed and renewed the historic building, is one of the most significant ever undertaken by a museum. The re-opening provides an opportunity for a major representation of the museum’s world-famous collection, much of which has not been accessible to the public for a decade. Over 8,000 works of art will go on show telling the story of Dutch art and history, with masterpieces by artists including Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt van Rijn. On a much smaller scale, the Ditchling Museum, which tells the story of a remarkable village and its community of 20th century artists and craftsmen, will open in Spring 2013...

 
         
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  Christie's to offer one of the most important collections of Albrecht Durer's prints ever offered at auction  
         
  Nefertiti  

Christie’s presents the sale of Albrecht Durer Masterpieces from a Private Collection as part of Old Masters Week. The sale, which will take place 29 January, features 62 exceptional impressions by Albrecht Durer, and constitutes one of the most important collections of his prints ever offered at auction. Encompassing a wide range of subject matter, both religious and secular, and mediums - engravings, woodcuts and etchings - the collection was amassed with the objective of adding only the very best examples. The sale is expected to realize in excess of $4.6 million. Melencolia I (estimate: $400,000-600,000), engraved in 1514, is one the most enigmatic images in the history of western art....

 
         
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  Vermeer's "Woman in Blue Reading a Letter" travels to Sao Paulo  
         
  Nefertiti  

The Rijksmuseum has started its global campaign for the Grand Opening on 13 April 2013 with an international tour of one of its masterpieces, Woman Reading a Letter. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the Rijksmuseum’s partner in transport, is flying this famous Johannes Vermeer painting to Shanghai, the Museu de Arte in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. At the Grand Opening Woman Reading a Letter will be on show again in the Rijksmuseum. After ten years of renovation, 13 April 2013 will see the Grand Opening of the Rijksmuseum, one of the world’s top museums...

 
         
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  Germany's Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation Refuses to Return Nefertiti Bust to Egypt  
         
  Nefertiti  

A German foundation rejected Monday an Egyptian request to return the 3,400-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti, a sculpture which draws over one million viewers annually to a Berlin museum.
Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) sent the request to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which runs the Neues Museum in the German capital where the bust is kept.
"The foundation's position on the return of Nefertiti remains unchanged," foundation president Professor Hermann Parzinger said in a statement. "She is and remains the ambassador of Egypt in Berlin." ...

 
         
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  Morgan Herrin  
         
  Morgan Herrin  

Construction grade 2x4s are the material of choice for Morgan Herrin's intricate hand-carved sculptures. It takes almost a year to complete a project such as this one, the study of a knight in 15th century armour morphing out of a series of stalactites and stalagmites. The contrasts in this large-scale wood sculpture bring the viewer to consider the passage of time and the effects of nature. The classical aspect of Herrin's work is heightened by the attention to detail. Here is what Morgan has written about his new work:

"Untitled Knight is the product of the combination of two subjects: 15th century plate armor, and geological cave structure. Studied separately, these two subjects are completely unrelated. The man-made geometric precision of plate armor is formally opposite the flowing, organic nature of stalactites and stalagmites..."

 
         
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  Ned Martin - Time Passages  
         
  Ned Martin  

Jan 5-27, reception Sat 8 Jan:

STUDIO VOGUE Gallery is pleased to welcome Ned Martin as one of several artists featured in Time Passages, our winter exhibition of gallery artists, including Jackie Hall, J. A. Fligel, Donna Koster, Victor Oriecuia, and Vivien Schmidt ... more
Time Passages. STUDIO VOGUE Gallery is pleased to welcome Ned Martin as one of several artists featured in Time Passages, our winter exhibition of gallery artists. Martin transports the viewer to a familiar place through a universal language and gives pause, even for a brief moment, to celebrate the unique quality of his subject. Martin will be joined by Jackie Hall, J. A. Fligel, Donna Koster, Victor Oriecuia, and Vivien Schmidt among others. This eclectic selection is sure to warm up a winter's day with works in oil and acrylic, bronze and marble sculpture, and fine art photography...

 
         
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  A Kingly Velazquez Is Discovered at the Met, Capping Off a Busy Year for the Old Masters
By ARTINFO Published: December 21, 2010
 
         
  Velazquez —  the portrait of Philip IV of Spain   NEW YORK— Just in time for Christmas, scholars at the Metropolitan Museum of Art have given themselves a giant Velazquez, though in truth it is more of a regifting — the portrait of Philip IV of Spain had originally come into the collection nearly 100 years ago, but its attribution was downgraded in 1973 to the Old Master's studio. Now, a new cleaning effort has returned the work conclusively to the revered painter's column, according to the New York Times. Despite possessing a 1624 receipt for the painting that was signed by Velazquez, the Met had reconsidered the portrait's authorship in the 1970s as part of a general auditing of its European painting collection that humbled attributions on 15 percent of its holdings, with the Philip canvas raising doubts in part because of over-varnishing inflicted by its previous owner, legendary dealer Lord Duveen. But a year-long restoration process of the work — which has not weathered the years well, losing an eye at one point, possibly to a vandal — has persuaded connoisseurs that the doubts had been misplaced. "One of the greatest painters of Western tradition — and a royal portrait to boot — is vindicated," Met European paintings chairman Keith Christiansen told the Times. Velazquez scholar Jonathan Brown has likewise welcomed the news. "Although it has suffered losses, what remains is by Velazquez," he said...  
         
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  The Spectacular Art of Jean-Leon Gerome
by Stan Parchin
 
         
   

The J. Paul Getty Museum is the first of three venues to present The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme (June 15-September 12, 2010). This much anticipated special exhibition, the first of its kind in nearly 40 years, features 99 works by the French artist (1824-1904) and important contemporaries. In light of recent scholarship, the show reconsiders the life and oeuvre of the academic painter and sculptor whose brilliant career was eclipsed by the development of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and the Modernist avant-garde. In Los Angeles, California, the installation is organized thematically and chronologically by Mary Morton, Curator and Head of the Department of French Paintings at the National Gallery of Art and Scott Allen, the Getty's Assistant Curator of Paintings...

 
         
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  Julie Heffernan's Self-Portrait  
         
  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  

The “Self-Portrait” is not only the woman centered in the picture plane but the entire canvas. Each of Heffernan’s paintings is compulsively constructed like that of a surreal automatic drawing, rendering a multiplicity of images like journal entries: the fruit canopies, knotted forests, ghostly wallpaper and vignettes encased in thought bubbles that float around the figure’s head. At the very least, her “self” extends to the canvas edge; at most, it cannot be contained. The amount of detail poured into each painting nearly overflows with life, and invites you in...

 
         
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  Winner of the 2009 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award  
         
  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) announced the Winner of the 2009 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award. It is:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
By Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by Oleg Lipchenko
ISBN 978-0-88776932-0
US $22.95 / CAN $24.99
All ages

“…Oleg Lipchenko has turned this classic story into a rich expression for both the youngest reader greeting Alice for the first time and those who remember reading the original Alice as children..."

 
         
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  New Leonardo da Vinci painting 'discovered'  
         
  The Head of a young Girl by Leonardo Da Vinci   • Portrait may have 500-year-old Leonardo fingerprint on it
• If correct, £12,000 print could be worth tens of millions


Art experts believe a new portrait by Leonardo da Vinci may have been discovered thanks to a 500-year-old fingerprint.
The Head of a young Girl, a painting attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci A Young Girl in Profile in Renaissance Dress, the painting which has been attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. Photograph: Christie's

The small picture of a young woman in profile was previously believed to be a German work from the early 19th century and has changed hands in recent years for around £12,000.
 
         
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Interior Design Ideas - 5 Creative Ways To Display Art
By Edwin Mah

You've finally bought your favorite art piece but don't really have a clue as to where and how to display them? Read on and gain some tips on how you can creatively display your art.

1. Leaning art on the wall

The wall isn't the only place where you can display art. You can simply place the picture on the floor and lean it on the wall or furniture. Try placing two art pieces of different sizes, one leaning over the other, partially covering the other one but still leaving most of the art visible.

2. Placing art on a shelf or gallery ledge

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