Saturday, March 31, 2012

Discussion and Video: Artemisia and Orazio Gentileschi

We discussed "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" by Linda Nochlin, in Women, Art, And Power And Other Essays* (Westview Press, 1988), 147-158. 

1) Nochlin more or less asserts that women were denied access to an education in the arts during the Renaissance and Baroque (which I agree with.)  Taking this to the next step in logic, then why and how did Artemisia get to be such a great artist?

2) How does Artemisia represent herself in this painting and why is it so different then these self portraits by Sofonisba Anguissola?

3) How and why might have Artemisia's past caused her to take up the theme of Judith and Holfernes in a way which is different then Caravaggio?

Discussion and Video: Rembrandt

1)How did Rembrandt and Caravaggio build off of Leonardo's work?  How did the change or alter the original schema the Leonardo established?

2) Both of the paintings represent a mythological scene of Ganymede being carried off by Zeus or Jove.  Explain why Correggio interprets the scene the way he did and how and why Rembrandt interprets the scene another way.
3) Rembrandt's self portraits are considered a remarkable and interesting body of work by art historians.  What do these self portraits tell us about Rembrandt's life and his working methods?

4) Rembrandt drew and painted the story of the "Prodigal Son" many times during his life.  What might these works tell us about Rembrandt's life and his working methods?

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Friday, March 30, 2012

When I was out walking Chuck.

I saw a hummingbird bathing and playing in a fountain. It was cool!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Size Counts or My Little Pony

Notice how big (or small) these horses are compared to the people with them.  Discuss?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A portrait is a likeness in which there's something wrong with the mouth.

In an attempt to avoid this kind of conundrum, I've decided to do a bunch of studies as a "rehearsal" for this portrait commission. I cant believe how much this is helping that I've done this! Here's what I have so far done: