Saturday, January 31, 2015
Nearly 500 years after his death, Piero di Cosimo (1462–1522), an Old Master painter and inspiration to surrealists including André Breton, will be having his first solo exhibition, reports the Art Newspaper.
The exhibition, which will open at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. February 1, will be a comprehensive look at the idiosyncratic artist and his work offering up 34 original works by Piero and four attributed paintings.
Giorgio Vasari, a 16th century painter and art historian known for penning the seminal art historical text The Lives of the Artists, once described Piero as an unhygienic, solitary person, "more animal than human." Vasari reported that Piero died alone, having been found by his few friends at the base of his staircase. Curator at the National Gallery, Gretchen Hirschauer and associate professor of Italian Renaissance art at NYU, Dennis Geronimus, wanted to pull back the veil of mystery that shrouds the underrated Piero, a contemporary of Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo.
The Clowness Cha-U-Kao
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Renoir's paintings are notable for their vibrant light and saturated color, most often focusing on people in intimate and candid compositions. The female nude was one of his primary subjects. In characteristic Impressionist style, Renoir suggested the details of a scene through freely brushed touches of color, so that his figures softly fuse with one another and their surroundings.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Twenty-seven British ships of the line led by Admiral Lord Nelson
aboard HMS Victory defeated thirty-three French and Spanish ships.
The Victory Breaks the French Line. The Battle of Trafalgar naval engagement fought by the Royal Navy against the combined fleets of the French and Spanish Navies, during the War of the
Third Coalition of the Napoleonic Wars. The battle was the most decisive naval victory of the war.
Franz Xaver Winterhalter - German painter, known for his portraits of royalty in the mid-nineteenth century. His name has become associated with fashionable court portraiture.
Antoine Watteau (French: October 10, 1684 – July 18, 1721) better known as Antoine Watteau was a French painter whose brief career spurred the revival of interest in color and movement (in the tradition of Correggio and Rubens). He revitalized the waning Baroque style, and indeed moved it to the less severe, more naturalistic, less formally classical Rococo.