Art

Boccardi Hebrew illuminated manuscript

The Jewish community of Florence  flourished in the 15th-century, their position closely linked to the fortunes of the de’ Medici.  Lorenzo il magnifico was their protector; he encouraged Jewish scholarship and scholars. It is, then, unsurprising that Jewish patrons of this Mahzor (Jewish holiday prayerbook) solicited an […]

Caravaggio, the film

Caravaggio, the film

I ran across this today.  British bio pic (1986) about Caravaggio through his work.  Staring Nigel Terry, classical stage actor of Excalibur fame. A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld. […]

master drawings of da Vinci

Da Vinci’s drawings were extraordinary ‘doodles’, ideas, life studies and studies for paintings.  I much prefer his drawings to the paintings.  Blaspheme!   Foremost, aesthetically.  But more importantly, to appreciate his technical and creative process.  I have studied and drawn from them since I was […]

15 minutes

15 minutes

Andy Warhol birth anniversary.  August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987. He was one of the most successful commercial artists of the 1950s.  He began the 1960s  on the edge, avante-gard and controversial.   His work blurred the conceptual and aesthetic lines dividing high art from pop […]

a 3D tour of Picasso’s Guernica

a 3D tour of Picasso’s Guernica

Guernica shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians. This work has gained a monumental status, becoming a perpetual reminder of the tragedies of war, an anti-war symbol, and an embodiment of peace.  – wiki In June 1937 Pablo Picasso painted Guernica, a […]

Edgar Degas' anniversaire

Edgar Degas' anniversaire

Edgar Degas’ birth anniversary, July 19, 1834. (French, 1834–1917) French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he […]

Enchanted Forest

Enchanted Forest

  from Ballerina Project The title is my own words, I am not associated with the project.    

Gates of Paradise

Gates of Paradise

When Ramadan comes, the gates of Pardise are opened, the gates of Hellfire are locked and devils are chained. ~ al-Bukhari

Ramadan Kareem, Generous Ramadan

Ramadan Kareem, Generous Ramadan

Kul ‘am wa enta bi-khair!  May every year find you in good health! Ramaḍān,  in Islam, is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the holy month of fasting. It begins and ends with the appearance of the new moon. Islamic tradition states that on the night of 27 Ramadan—the […]

nude by fireplace | James Van Der Zee

nude by fireplace | James Van Der Zee

  Please check out some of  James Van Der Zee works in  Metropolitan Museum of Art Collections. And the exhibit in Naratives in African American Art and Identity. James Van Der Zee (June 29, 1886 – May 15, 1983) was an African American photographer best known for his portraits of black New […]



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