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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. 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?
2. Realism in Art – Caravaggio & Gentileschi
Caravaggio, the more familiar artist, preceded Artemisia Gentileschi, and influenced her expressions in art. I’ll discuss similar works by these post Renaissance artists.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Cover of 2001 New Yorker - Cartoons of Art
The cover of the New Yorker magazine issued May 21, 2001 shows caricatures of some of the Met Museum’s most famous works of art. I’ll discuss the cast of characters and how you can download images of some of your favorites (legally).
6. 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?
7. Stolen Art – Recovered & Lost Treasures
Not only is stolen art a financial loss to an individual or institution, but a great loss to the public at large. I’ll explain the reasons why and cite some examples such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist in 1990.
8. 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.
9. ‘Art For Dummies’ book by Thomas Hoving
The former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY writes a comprehensive book for a broad overview of art collections and museums. I will recommend an abbreviated list of art from the book, and my viewpoint.
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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