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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. Hokusai - 36 Views of Mt Fuji – Asian Art
Katsushika Hokusai created Japanese woodblock prints, including his most popular "Great Wave" from the series. I’ll discuss this print & others.
2. ‘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.
3. Artist's Self Portrait In Religious Works
Most artists may have looked in a mirror and became their own models. There are those artists who have painted themselves literally into religious works. Namely, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Leonardo, and Rembrandt.
4. Victorian Artist: Sarah Wyman Whitman
A talented pastel painter from the Post Civil War era became a prominent woman stained glass artist.
5. Light as Art - The Light Artists - Sean Scully
The 17th century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer is the true 'Painter of Light' but there is a new breed of 'Light Artists' who use light as their medium. I will discuss artists Sean Scully and John Crowley, and Light186, a company creating illuminated art & design.
6. Pollock & Fractals - Art or Science ?
Much controversy has surrounded Pollock’s 'drip painting' with some saying a chimpanzee could create the same; others say it is found in nature. I'll discuss one scientist/art historian's explanation for Pollock's work.
7. Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian Homes For Sale
Many owners of Frank Lloyd Wright homes are having difficulty selling due to size and location. Also, a look at the only Wright home in New England open to the public.
8. Art Signed Posthumously – Rodin & Lennon
A debate has raged for years as to whether signed reproductions by Rodin & more recently John Lennon should be called 'originals'. I’ll discuss the pros and cons of this controversy.
9. Gustav Klimt – His Golden Phase in Art
In the 20th century, artist Gustav Klimt would be inspired by: Italian mosaics, Byzantine art, and Sigmund Freud. I will discuss his paintings of Adele Bloch-Bauer and others.
10. Art in Movies – Batman & Thomas Crown Affair
Many notable paintings can be seen in Hollywood movies such as the 'Batman' movie of 1989 and the remake of 'The Thomas Crown Affair' in 1999.
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