#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 from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora
“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 current alarming state of the Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. It is
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 paintings, reproduced so well andaffordable. I base the quality on
Xmas. The abbreviation has been in use since the early times of Christianity. The “-mas” part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass, while the “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός which comes into English as “Christ”. The practice of using contractions
Time to battle! In the 1950s archeologists made a great discovery near the city of Novgorod, Russia: they dug up hundreds of pieces of birch bark with all sorts of texts written on them. Including pieces from children. In the 13th century, young schoolboys learning to write filled these scraps with alphabets and short texts.
I found an image taken from the Hebrew Cervera Bible. An illuminated manuscript dated c.1299, a designated National Treasure from the National Library of Portugal in Lisbon. This image and caption caught my eye and my curiosity. The caption source is unknown to me. One of the oldest symbols of the Jewish faith is the menorah, a
…Art is not, like science, a logic of references but a release from reference and rendition of immediate experience; a presentation of forms, images, or ideas in such a way that they will communicate, not primarily a thought or even a feeling, but an impact. When A.E. Housman writes that ‘poetry is not the thing