Happy New Year and welcome to the January 3, 2011 edition of art history carnival. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves over the holidays, and I hope you all had a chance to take in some fabulous art! My family finally had the chance to see the Matisse exhibit being held at the Art Gallery of Alberta over Christmas holiday. It was a lot of fun, though my daughter seemed less than impressed by his early work (that's okay, Mommy didn't like it much either).
I read all submissions carefully and have chosen those I hope will enlighten and inform. However, these posts represent many different viewpoints and modes of self-expression, and some may not appeal to all readers.
Helen Webberley presents Modern art destroys British morals, 1910! Read all about it! posted at ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly, saying, "In selecting works for The Manet and the Post-Impressionists Exhibition, held in London in 1910, art critic Roger Fry went a long way to define post impressionist art for Britain. Despite the howling derision of traditionalists, British artists and art lovers enjoyed the Cezannes, Matisses, Gauguins and van Goghs very much."
Monica Bowen debunks a commonly held misconception about the famous Gero Crucifix of Cologne Cathedral in her post Crucifix of Gero Conundrum posted at Alberti's Window
H Niyazi presents Giorgione, herons and a Carpaccio Knight posted at Three Pipe Problem, saying, "Giorgione's enigmatic 'Tempest' has enjoyed a reputation for being undecipherable. This article explores an amazing similarity between Giorgione's work and fellow Venetian artist Carpaccio. It also highlights how Twitter based collaboration helped inform and unite independent researchers from UK, Australia and the US...in real time!"
Nicole Elena Robertson shares her experience studying printmaking at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice in her post Artist book from Venice posted at Nicole Elena Robertson
Monica Bowen takes a closer look at The "Sumptuous" Arts in Greece posted at Alberti's Window saying "the "sumptuous" artistic materials like ivory, gold, silver and gemstone were the artistic mediums that the Greeks most prized. In other words, the Greek marble, bronze and (painted) pottery (all of which are placed at the heart of Western art history) weren't as valued by the ancient Greeks."
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Alexandra Korey explores the history of the Ghirlandaio workshop, now featured in exhibits across Florence and Scandicci in her post The Ghirlandaio Family- Renaissance painters in Florence and Scandicci posted at Tuscany Arts
Eve Mann presents a candid reaction to the 2010 National Biennial exhibit posted at The Phoenix in a Gas House, saying, "Jamaica is typically known for its beaches and music, however there is a thriving art scene with many cool artists yet to be discovered, especially by those outside of Jamaica. The national Biennial shows the new stars and the old hotness all in one place."
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