Posts Tagged ‘art history’

Great Art on Mashable

December 5, 2012

Great Art on Mashable

For you connoisseurs of the visual arts, Amanda Wills curates a collection of 16 masterpiece mashups from the NotionsCapital Flickr stream, with a brief explanation of our Digital Primitive aesthetic. Whistler’s Mommy-Blogger (above) didn’t make the cut, and it looks like she’s not pleased about it.

“If History’s Greatest Artists Used Microsoft Paint…” Amanda Wills, Mashable

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Image (“Whistler’s Mommy-Blogger”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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CSI Auvers-sur-Oise: The van Gogh Case

July 29, 2012

CSI Auvers-sur-Oise: The van Gogh Case

CBS “60 Minutes” just re-broadcast a story about a claim that painter Vincent van Gogh was murdered in 1890, and did not commit suicide as believed. Authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith write that the artist was shot by two teenagers. Their theory is based on century-old accounts, not forensic evidence. Art world authorities who are not selling books on the topic discount the theory.

Vincent van Gogh was found shot in a field in Auvers-sur-Oise on July 27, 1890, died two days later, and is buried in the small town.

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Image (“Night Shift, after van Gogh”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Cave Paintings, Cartoons, & Neanderthals

June 19, 2012

Cave Paintings: Cartoons & Neaderthals

Using advanced techniques, scientists have determined that cave paintings in northern Spain are 40,800 years old, the oldest wall paintings in the world. The paintings may predate the arrival of Homo sapiens in Europe, meaning the ancient cave artists may have been Neanderthals, modern man’s older cousins.

If Neanderthals were early Michelangelos, French cavemen may have been Stone Age Walt Disneys. Marc Azéma of the University of Toulouse–Le Mirail  and artist Florent Rivère theorize that 30,000 years ago, cave artists took advantage of the strobe effect of flickering firelight by drawing series of slightly different images to create an illusion of movement, the first animations. The phenomenon of retinal persistence is what makes it work.

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Happy Birthday, Picasso

October 25, 2011

Happy Birthday, Picasso

Today is the 130th anniversary of the birth of Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruiz y Picasso, aka Pablo Picasso.

 “Happy Birthday, Picasso!” Michael Ray, Britannica Blog

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Image (“Happy Birthday Pablo, after Picasso”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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