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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. Ideal Man and Woman in Art - Then & Now
Throughout history various cultures have defined ideal beauty in different images. If beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, Iíll discuss the variety - and let you, the observer, decide for yourself.
2. Are Millennials as Art Savvy as the Old?
Today, the sheer number of millennials exceeds all other generations. But are they as art knowledgeable as former generations? Iíll discuss why museums compete to attract 'Generation Y'.
3. Satire by Dissidents Disguised as Art
Those opposing the Trump presidency use parody and satire - meant to bring ridicule to the core of our democracy - disguised as art and First Amendments rights. I will discuss this much-heated issue.
4. The Circus in Art - The End of an Era
Who doesnít love a circus? Artists in the late 19th - early 20th c frequented the circus with its color and movement. Ringling Bros. farewell tour brings relief - but also sadness and nostalgia. Iíll explain.
5. Deconstructivism and Recontextualization in Art
Aside from the confusing de- and re- prefixes, Iíll explain the deconstruction of postmodernism and the use of appropriation and recontextualization by artists such as Andy Warhol, Bansky, and Rojas.
6. The Effects of Rx and the Pharmacy in Art
In our society today, it is virtually impossible to escape TV ads for drugs. The re-creation of 'Pharmacies' in art began well before the drug culture of the 1960s. Iíll discuss our [art] cultureís infatuation with drugs (Rx's).
7. Those Suffering Persecutions Found in Art
During the Easter season, Christians around the world are reminded of Christís death & resurrection. Those suffering persecutions because of political or religious beliefs have been represented in art.
8. 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.
9. A Comparison of Gothic Cathedrals in Europe
Chartres Cathedral in France, Salisbury Cathedral in England, and Siena Cathedral in Italy will be compared, relative to each countryís interpretation of the Gothic style.
10. The Mona Lisa
The 'Mona Lisa' by Leonardo da Vinci is an enigmatic painting raising questions as to the identity of the sitter, why Napoleonís obsession and inspiring a song and movie in modern times. What really lies behind that mysterious Mona Lisa smile?
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