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I took this photo of Budapest around sunset, the sun illuminating this beautiful city. The Danube river is the heart of the Budapest, the liquid highway that brought it wealth and a cosompolitan connection to the outside world. It also … Continue reading
This is a close up detail of a photo I took of a painting in the Musee des Beaux Arts, Brussels Belgium.
Vivian Reiss is well known for her series of paintings of sheep. Here she is painting sheep on a farm near Roseneath, Ontario.
I was fascinated by this painting I saw in the Boijmans museum in Rotterdam. It has a little virgin and child surrounded by a cloud of symbols and angels in gold.
A beautiful portrait from the Brussels Musee des Beaux Arts. Excellent choice of frame as well.
This was one of my favorite paintings from the Musee de Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium, a museum filled with great masterpieces. I looked at this for a long time, and it charm only increased.
I went snorkling in the US Virgin Isles with an underwater camera, here are some beautiful photos I took of the sky taken from underwater. enjoy!
Here are some beautiful things from the Mesoamerican collection at the Gardiner Museum, Toronto. I was there last week. Serpent bowl from Panama 800-1200 AD Crab bowl from Panama 800-1200 AD polychrome bowl with hieroglyphic writing and a God in the … Continue reading
Another beautiful painting I saw from my last trip to the Metropolitan Museum. This painting is by Liberale da Verona entitled Scene from a Novella and was painted in Siena between 1467 and 1476. It is a rare secular painting from … Continue reading
During my recent trip to the Metropolitan Museum, I was transfixed by this beautiful painting by Bramantino (Bartolomeo Suardi). It really deserves much greater fame. It is an unusually peaceful serene composition. The Madonna holds an apple, with Latin name … Continue reading
I just returned from a trip to the Metropolitan Museum and I am going to post some things I saw. What a beautiful museum. Here is the right panel of a triptych by Donato De’ Bardi. It is so beautiful … Continue reading
Early in Piet Mondrian’s career, before he developed his famous style, he went to Zeeland in the Netherlands and painted a series of paintings of sand dunes. These paintings were a landmark in his development as an artist, and where … Continue reading
A fun monkey cup in terracotta. It dates to the mid-6th century B.C.. It comes from East Greece or Cyprus.
I love Islamic calligraphy. The shape and flow of the letters is so beautiful. Islamic art did not feature large scale painting, so other arts, such as bookbinding, calligraphy and miniature painting became very prominent.
This sculpture is in the magnificent Phnom Da style of Cambodia and dates to around the 6th c. AD. There are very few examples of this style of art, which remarkably displays influence from ancient Greek art. I saw a … Continue reading
This is a spectacular sculpture that I remember as one of the highlights of the British Museum in London. The British Museum is a huge storehouse of treasures from around the world, including the Rosetta Stone, the engraved stone with … Continue reading
This is one of Matisse’s great masterpieces painted 1905-1906, a huge canvas with a lot going on. It resides in the Barnes Foundation. Barnes was a great collector of Matisse and many other French painters. The energy in this painting … Continue reading
These portraits of me were taken by the photographer Mia Hanson, who as you can see is extremely talented. They were taken last March at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, my favorite museum.
Philip Guston, like Richard Diebenkorn was an artist that had a career both as an abstract painter and a figurative painter, both of which were very successful. The intent of the two phases of his career seem very different, yet it … Continue reading
Garden by Vivian Reiss. Website: www.vreiss.com Blog: www.vivianreiss.com
Clear, enchanting and personable, this portrait is by Jacometto Veneziano, dating to around 1480.
This beautiful, simple vase comes from Korea and is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its from the late 13th Century. It has such a simple grace to it. The glaze is called Celadon, which is usually … Continue reading
A great masterpiece by Petrus Christus from 1449. There is so much going on in this painting, its hard to catalogue. Look closely and carefully, and you can teast out a great many details, compositional tricks, and exceptional shows of … Continue reading
This beautiful enamel beaker is one of the finest examples from the medieval period. It features playful monkeys taking a peddler’s belongings and frolicking in the trees. The monkeys are a symbol and commentary on human folly. No matter what we do, … Continue reading
Manet painted many great paintings, many of which feature this model, named Victorine Meurent (1844–1928). What I find most interesting about his work are his compositions. The inclusion here of the parrot perch is essential to balancing the picture. Each element … Continue reading
This is one of my favorite paintings by Vermeer. There are only 36 Vermeer paintings in existance. Maid Asleep is a dreamy painting with a composition with multiple planes.
Update! These came from the blog http://www.contemporaryartdaily.com/ Check out these amazing sculptures by Jean Dubuffet in a show from 2008. They look a little like Leger sculptures. see all the images here http://www.contemporaryartdaily.com/tag/jean-dubuffet/
Jean Dubuffet is in the collections of many major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has the top two paintings, and the MOMA, which has many. His work pus together a very inspired child-like aesthetic, married with a … Continue reading
Two figures from the Ancient Near Eastern Art collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The first is an “Eye Idol” found in Tell Brak in Iraq. The second is a figure found in the site Tell Asmar in Iraq. … Continue reading