Welcome to the May 1, 2008 edition of the Art History Carnival. I'm really excited to start doing this! We had some really good submissions this month--I can't wait to see what people write next!
I just discovered Sheramy's blog the other day while doing research for my trip to France this month. Sheramy is an Art Historian and her blog, Van Gogh's Chair, is a spectacular resource for information on Van Gogh's life and work. Readers will appreciate her recent post on Van Gogh's Night Cafe which examines several of the stories behind the painting.
Jason submitted a fasinating post on the interaction of art and history entitled1457: László Hunyadi, the death before Hungary’s rebirth this piece examines how artists in the 19th century interpreted the death of a fiture from 15th century Hungarian history. It is posted at Executed Today.
Nigel Beale's post on 19th century French artist Gustave Courbet (considered by some to be the father of modernism) provides a great background on the artist and his work. It's a great peace of art history! NIGEL BEALE NOTA BENE BOOKS » Blog Archive » Gustave Courbet posted at NIGEL BEALE NOTA BENE BOOKS.
So many amazing art exhibits around the world--so little time! These posts offer a look at these exhibitions through the eyes of another blogger. Enjoy!
Leslie Carbone presents a post on the National Art Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum. I really enjoyed reading her reaction to Vincent Van Gogh's "Vase With Roses"--especially since I may be visiting Arles this month--the town where he painted many of his most famous works! The post, entitled Smithsonian Museums is at her website Leslie Carbone.
Barb presents a post on her recent visit to the University of Arizona's Art Museum and her thoughts on the futuristic art of Robert McCall in The Heart of Harmony - Art Has Amazing Power posted at The Heart of Harmony - Homeschool Blogger, saying, "We just recently visited the Tucson, AZ area and had the pleasure of viewing Robert McCall's paintings. Our whole family enjoyed the experience and were inspired to come home and learn some more.
Finally, a post examining the lighter side of art--Baltimore's Kinetic Sculpture Race, in which contestants must fashion their own mobile art objects and race them to the finish line! Form and function working together in an amusing, if not highly practical, way. Jon Rochetti presents Strangest Race Ever posted at The DC Traveler – Washington DC travel & tourism information, saying, "nicknamed the “Triathlon of the Art World“, the Kinetic Sculpture Race in Baltimore is one of the wackiest art exhibits and races in America."
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