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The Dazzling and Dizzying Works of M.C. Escher

July 30th, 2013

M.C. Escher was a Dutch artist who explored many mind-bending subjects for his works of art. His works featured mathematical structures, representations of infinity, fascinating tessellations, and impossible architecture. He made art in the form of lithographs, woodcuts, wood carvings, drawings, and sketches. Escher’s art shows his incredible spacial and mathematical intuition, even though he had no formal mathematical training. Browsing through Escher’s gallery of art is like taking a journey to the edges of perception and logic.

Drawing Hands is one of Escher’s most famous works, a drawing displaying Read the rest of this entry »

The History of Art in Ancient Egypt

May 29th, 2013

Art in ancient Egypt was used to communicate with a largely-illiterate populace. However, it was also used for religious and magical purposes. It had a literal quality that modern viewers cannot always comprehend. They believed that making the images caused whatever they depicted to come to pass.

Human figures throughout the history of art in ancient Egypt were stylized, and different gestures meant different things. Since each work of art had an eternal character, momentary states of being like like labor were not captured Read the rest of this entry »

The Most Famous Art Heists of All-Time

March 28th, 2013

Although it is hardly common knowledge, art theft is still a common occurrence. Even the most priceless works of art have not been safe from those looking to possess the greatest cultural treasures mankind has produced. Few heists, however, compare to those involving Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and Edvard Much’s “The Scream.”

“The Mona Lisa” has continued to be the world’s most famous painting. The case was no different when, in 1911, it was stolen directly from the walls of the Louvre Museum in Paris. The action was so baffling that it was Read the rest of this entry »

Five Paintings You Can Find at the Louvre

August 19th, 2012

Five paintings you can find at the Louvre. Located in Paris, the Louvre holds some of the most famous painting ever made. Opened in 1793, the Louvre is the most visited art museum in the world. There are almost 35,000 items on display in the museum. 7,500 of the items on display are paintings.

1 The Mona Lisa by Leonard da Vinci is the best known painting in the world. The Mona Lisa is an oil painting on a poplar panel. This painting is on permanent display at the museum.

2 The Rafts of Read the rest of this entry »

The Story Behind the “Mona Lisa”

August 15th, 2012

Mona Lisa is one of the greatest works of art, popular and alluring in its simplicity and subtlety. Her smile is one that has baffled viewers since it’s unveiling. The overall image is one that has lured visitors to the Louvre since the time of Louis XIV. Leonardo Da Vinci was a man of many talents, and the numerous masterpieces were crowned by the beauty of the lady Mona Lisa.

Leonardo Da Vinci began work on the Mona sometime between 1503 to 1506. It is a half-length portrait, the lady is Read the rest of this entry »

How to Encourage Art Appreciation Among Children

August 11th, 2012

Children are naturally drawn to art as it provides them with the opportunity to stimulate their senses through the exploration of various media. By encouraging art appreciation in children, valuable skills are learned such as creativity, historical knowledge and innovative thinking. By incorporating a few simple ideas, anyone who works with children can help even the youngest child to develop an appreciation for art.

Visit the Museum
While visiting an art museum with a young child might make families nervous, it is helpful Read the rest of this entry »

A Brief History of Modern Art

August 8th, 2012

Modern art typically refers to works created between the 1860s to the 1970s. More importantly, the term refers to art created through experimentation and without use of past traditions and styles. Painting in modern art has roots in the 19th century.

Often they year 1863 as the year of the birth of modern art, douard Manet, a realist painter, exhibited a painting called Le djeuner sur l’herbe, or The Luncheon on the Grass. This painting is considered by many to be the first work of modern art. Three artistic movements are referenced to be the Read the rest of this entry »

Claude Monet and the Famous Impressionists

August 7th, 2012

Claude Monet became one of the best known artists in history. He was a French painter and the leader of the Impressionist movement. Impressionists wanted to change art and go against the traditional art styles that had been around for centuries. Instead, they wanted to show the beauty of the world and the mood it was set in. Often focusing on landscapes or people for their subjects.

Monet was just one of many Impressionists and his specialty was landscapes. His paintings are so famous and popular that Read the rest of this entry »