Art History is our Savior.

cavetocanvas:

The Pencil Story - John Baldessari, 1972-73
Nov 22

cavetocanvas:

The Pencil Story - John Baldessari, 1972-73

Nov 20

arthistoryx:

Julianne Moore art work recreation by Peter Lindbergh 

Seated Woman With Bent Knee by Egon Schiele

The Cripple by John Currin

Man Crazy Nurse #3 by Richard Prince

Madame X by John Singer Sargent

Woman With a Fan by Amedeo Modigliani

Adele Bloch Bauer I by Gustav Klimt

(via cavetocanvas)

Sep 11

theancientworld:

Lost for 1,600 years, the royal quarters of Cleopatra were discovered off the shores of Alexandria. A team of marine archaeologists, led by Frenchman, Franck Goddio, began excavating the ancient city in 1998. Historians believe the site was submerged by earthquakes and tidal waves, yet, astonishingly, several artifacts remained largely intact. Amongst the discoveries were the foundations of the palace, shipwrecks, red granite columns, and statues of the goddess Isis and a sphinx. The Egyptian Government plans to create an underwater museum and hold tours of the site.

(via cavetocanvas)

art-through-the-ages:

Detail of Lion, Ishtar Gate, Babylon, Iraq, ca. 575 B.C.
 represents Ishtar, the goddess of fertility, love and war
Sep 11

art-through-the-ages:

Detail of Lion, Ishtar Gate, Babylon, Iraq, ca. 575 B.C.

  •  represents Ishtar, the goddess of fertility, love and war

(via cavetocanvas)

AMBROGIO LORENZETTI, Good Government in the City.
1338, fresco. 
depicts literate, prosperous town. Peacefulness. 
Apr 22

AMBROGIO LORENZETTI, Good Government in the City.

1338, fresco. 

depicts literate, prosperous town. Peacefulness. 

PIETRO LORENZETTI, Birth of the Virgin. 
1342, tempura on panel. 
Building interior space, triptych. St. Anne gives birth. 
Apr 22

PIETRO LORENZETTI, Birth of the Virgin. 

1342, tempura on panel. 

Building interior space, triptych. St. Anne gives birth. 

Simone Martini, Annunciation
1333, tempura on panel. Sienese.
Elegant figures. Use of gold abounds. Mary shrinks back in modesty. Gold wall background. Aristocratic, gothic. 
Apr 22

Simone Martini, Annunciation

1333, tempura on panel. Sienese.

Elegant figures. Use of gold abounds. Mary shrinks back in modesty. Gold wall background. Aristocratic, gothic. 

DUCCIO, Maesta. 
1308, tempura on panel. Sienese Painting (decorative, thinner figures, zigzagging of complex linear patterns). Centerpiece for Siena Cathedral. Richest altarpiece of this time. Mary and Jesus in center. 
Apr 22

DUCCIO, Maesta. 

1308, tempura on panel. Sienese Painting (decorative, thinner figures, zigzagging of complex linear patterns). Centerpiece for Siena Cathedral. Richest altarpiece of this time. Mary and Jesus in center. 

GIOTTO, Lamentation from Arena chapel
1305, fresco. Florentine Painting. 
Arena Chapel built by ENRICO SCROVEGNI to expiate the sin of usury. Lamentation: shallow stage, diagonal cliff points to main action. Modeling indicates direction of light. Range of emotions. Grieving angels above. 
Apr 22

GIOTTO, Lamentation from Arena chapel

1305, fresco. Florentine Painting. 

Arena Chapel built by ENRICO SCROVEGNI to expiate the sin of usury. Lamentation: shallow stage, diagonal cliff points to main action. Modeling indicates direction of light. Range of emotions. Grieving angels above. 

Apr 22

Madonna Enthroned by CIMABUE and GIOTTO

tempura on panel. Mary as the Throne of Wisdom points to Christ as the way to salvation. 

Cimabue: Byzantine manner, flat. Thin and elegant. Flecks of gold define drapery folds.

Giotto: Mary’s breast and knees can be seen under drapery. Angels stand more naturally around the gothic throne. Mary is more human.