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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. Should Corcoran Have Chosen Deaccession ?
The Corcoran Gallery of Art closed it doors for good on 10-1-14. I ask the question as to whether deaccession was a viable alternative.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. The Scream by Edvard Munch
'The Scream' was an 1893 painting that became an iconic symbol for a stressful life in twentieth and twenty-first century pop culture. Did the Norwegian Expressionist painter Edvard Munch intend for 'The Scream' to have such mass appeal?
5. ‘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.
6. Goldfinch Painting & Book - Masterpieces?
Carel Fabritius’ 1654 painting is undoubtedly a gem, but is Donna Tartt’s book by the same name a literary masterpiece?
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. The Mona Lisa
The 'Mona Lisa' by Leonardo da Vinci is an enigmatic painting raising questions as to the identity of the sitter, why Napoleon’s obsession and inspiring a song and movie in modern times. What really lies behind that mysterious Mona Lisa smile?
10. 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.
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