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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 ‘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.
2. What Food Great Artists Loved & Food as Art
Have you ever wondered what foods the great artists loved best? I’ll discuss some familiar artists and their favorite meals. Also, a self-taught baker from California creates amazing desserts - inspired by works of art.
3. ‘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.
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. 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.
6. 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.
7. 'Paint by Number',‘Paint Bar’,‘Beer & Crayons’
If you are a baby boomer, you may recall one of the hottest phenomena of the 1950s – 'Paint by Number' kits. Today, it is vogue to attend a 'Paint and Drink' party. I’ll explain how you (and a country music singer) can express 'the artist within'.
8. How Ninja Turtles Can Teach Children about Art
If you or your children were born in the 1970s, then perhaps you know a little about the comics, 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'. I’ll explain how they could possibly teach our children about art. Really.
9. Famous Artists Who Were Inspired by Color
When you think of Van Gogh, you think of yellow, a vibrant color. What is your favorite color and which one of the famous artists used that color to express their creativity?
10. 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?
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