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Here are the top ten articles for the Art Appreciation Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. From Commercial Artist to Celebrity - Warhol
Some commercial artists (ex: Warhol) have gained celebrity status in the industries of art or music. I will discuss those artists who may not have taken a brush to canvas, but instead used pencil/pen on paper, or created their work electronically to create iconic art.
2. Review Camille Paglia 'Glittering Images' book
Author Camille Paglia is a respected social critic who is also in academia. In her latest book 'Glittering Images' she discusses themes in Western Art. I will share chapters 1-4 by discussing art that has influenced our world.
3. Secrets Behind the Paintings – Artist Muses
Many artists are known to have used family, friends, and loves as the models for their paintings. I will discuss Renoir, Picasso and others to reveal the 'secrets behind the paintings'.
4. A Review of the Movie 'Woman in Gold'
The title of the painting 'Woman in Gold' is really a misnomer as it was changed by the Nazis who looted this and other art before WW II. I will discuss the painting’s real identity and this fascinating true story.
5. Picasso & The Blue Period – The How’s & Why’s
Pablo Picasso is famously known for his Blue Period in art. What does that mean and why? I’ll discuss some of the theories behind these works by the Spaniard.
6. ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’- Real Event in Florence
When we hear 'Bonfire of the Vanities' we think of a novel by Tom Wolfe, with a movie version in 1990. An actual event during the Renaissance, I’ll discuss its significance as it relates to art and the artist Sandro Botticelli.
7. The ‘Imitating Game’ & Gainsborough’s ‘Blue Boy’
Allow me to borrow from the name of the 2014 movie "Imitation Game." Throughout the history of art it is quite obvious that some artists have been 'imitating' the work of other artists – either intentionally or subliminally. I will expose some of these artists – once and for all.
8. Why We Should Appreciate Art in Museum Setting
You might ask, 'If you can shop online, why not view art online?' Surprisingly, there is science behind the reason why we most enjoy having one-on-one contact with original art in a museum vs. online. I’ll explain.
9. The Real Meaning in the 'Creation of Adam'
In my interpretation of Michelangelo’s fresco on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, what did God’s finger bring to Adam? Was it life or intelligence? I’ll introduce a third theory.
10. Surrealism–The Art of Dreams–Dalí and Magritte
The Surrealist movement in art originated at the end of WWI. I will discuss the works of Surrealist painters Salvador Dalí and René Magritte.
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