Giotto reads the room
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by Diane Tucker
5d ago
How does one person spark an artistic revolution like the Italian Renaissance? Giotto did it by rejecting lifeless Byzantine painting conventions in favor of relatable portrayals of what it means to be human ..read more
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Jean Dubuffet’s stranger things
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by Diane Tucker
2M ago
Following World War II, French artist Jean Dubuffet began mixing paint with whatever he could scrounge up – sand, tar, gravel, shards of glass. "Art should make you laugh a little and fear a little," he said ..read more
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Gustave Caillebotte saves Impressionism
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by Diane Tucker
2M ago
After mounting two renegade art shows, the Impressionists were struggling. Sales were slow, and Pissarro was becoming exasperated with Monet and Renoir. He was ready to quit the group when an unexpected letter arrived ..read more
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Cupid in art: He’s not that innocent
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by Diane Tucker
2M ago
Cupid, the mythological god of erotic desire, delights in making unsuspecting mortals fall madly in love by shooting them with his enchanted arrows. But beware, the little troublemaker is far more devious than he appears on a valentine ..read more
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Artist Betye Saar tells ghost stories
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by Diane Tucker
2M ago
Betye Saar has a storyteller's eloquence. She creates hauntingly beautiful works of art that seduce us into thinking deeply about race. Notably, she is one of the first American artists to focus on the chasm between the colonizer and the colonized ..read more
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Cupid in art: He’s not that innocent
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by Diane Tucker
6M ago
The mythological god of erotic desire delights in making unsuspecting mortals fall madly in love by shooting them with his enchanted arrows. But beware, Cupid's intentions are far more complicated than they appear on a valentine ..read more
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Artist Betye Saar tells ghost stories
The Shy Museumgoer
by Diane Tucker
6M ago
Betye Saar has a storyteller's eloquence. She creates hauntingly beautiful works of art that seduce us into thinking deeply and more empathetically about race. Notably, she is one of the first American artists to focus on the chasm between the colonizer and the colonized ..read more
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Art history’s marvelous moon dance
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by Diane Tucker
6M ago
Before the invention of electricity, the moon ruled our evening activities and captured our imagination. In many ways it still does. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about the moon is that it keeps our secrets — maybe even one of the art world's better-kept secrets ..read more
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Old Masters: The dog stays in the picture
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by Diane Tucker
6M ago
Is a dog more than “just a dog” in an Old Master painting? The ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes liked to say "dogs give an honest bark of truth," and I think he may be on to something. After all, Diogenes lived in a wine barrel on the streets of Athens. He knew dogs ..read more
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On the road with Hiroshige’s other women
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by Diane Tucker
6M ago
Volumes have been written about Andō Hiroshige’s celebrated woodblock prints and the men who enjoyed the Tōkaidō Road's many prurient pleasures. So I'm concentrating on the women in these images — all of the women, not only the courtesans ..read more
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