art history

The Kiss of Judas by Giotto

The Kiss of Judas by Giotto

On the evening before the crucifixion of Jesus, Good Friday, Jesus celebrated The Last Supper with his Apostles sealing a covenant with God and his fate.  As Jesus had predicted during the meal, Judas betrayed Jesus’ location and then his identity to the Roman soldiers with a […]

Frida Kahlo, Animated Portrait

Frida Kahlo, Animated Portrait

An inspired animation of Frida Kahlo’s famous portrait that was taken by her father, Guillermo Kahlo, in 1932 .  The animation incorporates key images from her works that also defined her life as she depicted it on canvas.  I had to have it.   via […]

Free! Download 19th Century  Japanese Master Woodprints

Free! Download 19th Century Japanese Master Woodprints

  #Ukiyo-e, or ukiyo-ye (浮世絵, Japanese: [u.ki.jo.e], “pictures of the floating world”), is a genre of art that flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. Its artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of such subjects as female beauties; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes […]

On Images of The Prophet

On Images of The Prophet

The author explores images of the Prophet Muhammad through creating an historical and cultural timeline sourced from Islamic texts, book art, and paintings.  I post this as a point of interest and insight to learn, not for debate.   I am not a Muslim, I am not knowledgeable, […]

A Scandalous Makeover at Chartres

A Scandalous Makeover at Chartres

“Carried away by the splendors of the moment, I did not initially realize that something was very wrong. I had noticed the floor-to-ceiling scrim-covered scaffolding near the crossing of the nave and transepts, but had assumed it was routine maintenance. But my more attentive wife, the architectural historian Rosemarie Haag Bletter—who as a Columbia doctoral candidate took courses on Romanesque sculpture with the legendary Meyer Schapiro and Gothic architecture with the great medievalist Robert Branner—immediately noticed that large areas of the sanctuary’s deep gray limestone surface had been painted…”
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Chartres Cathedral Make-Work Scheme

Chartres Cathedral Make-Work Scheme

It’s a trend…   Chartres Cathedral Make-Work Scheme A Columbia University trained architectural historian, Martin Filler, has reported (A Scandalous Makeover at Chartres) his great shock when visiting Chartres Cathedral to discover that: “In 2009, amid a rising wave of other refurbishments of medieval buildings, […]

Michelangelo’s disintegrating frescoes

Michelangelo’s disintegrating frescoes

“Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving.” —Johann Wolfgang Goethe, 23 August 1787, The article, and title of this post, is below The Restoration of 1984-94 segment.   It is about the […]

Vatican Paintings | a book

Vatican Paintings | a book

I saw this article and immediately, with much excitement, ordered the book.  We have seen the most famous pieces.  The Vatican collection is massive though.  Of the many books on the Vatican art collections, I have not seen one with ALL of the Old Master […]


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