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Nicholas Roerich Museum Our Mission The mission of the Nicholas Roerich Museum is essentially a narrow one: to make available to the public the full range of Roerich’s accomplishments. These, however, are not narrow; they cover the realms of art, science, spirituality, peacemaking, and more. Because Roerich’s activities ranged widely, so do the Museum’s. The Museum Collection Nicholas Roerich is known first and foremost as a Russian-born artist. Publications & Booklist The Museum also keeps in print a number of books by and about Roerich and his life and work, and a substantial stock of postcards and reproductions of his paintings. Cultural Events In addition to these functions, the Museum also maintains an active schedule of cultural activities. To assist these efforts in some small way, the Museum provides a place for young musicians to perform for audiences, all on a voluntary and free basis. The Roerich Pact & the Banner of Peace

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Digital Collections The Pictures collection includes material in a wide variety of formats which document significant people, places and events in Australian history and society and to some extent, the activities of Australians overseas, especially in Antarctica and Papua New Guinea. Comprising photographs, prints, drawings, watercolours, cartoons, miniatures, paintings, architectural plans, objects and sculpture, the collection documents the lives of past and present Australians, and the communities and landscapes they inhabit. People seeking historical images of Australian towns and landscapes, portraits of public figures, images of colonial life, early illustrations of Australian flora and fauna, political cartoons or contemporary photographs of popular culture and current events, will find the collection invaluable. Pictures are acquired primarily for their documentary value, although the collection contains many great works of art. Highlights

Ideas Made of Light Before I say anything else, if you’re an artist you should go buy both of James Gurney’s books about painting. If you like the approach this blog takes to analyzing paintings, you’ll love Gurney’s approach in these books. The one this painting is from is Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter, and his first one is Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist. This analysis is all about contrast. Continue Reading...

20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics A picture is worth a thousand words – based on this, infographics would carry hundreds of thousands of words, yet if you let a reader choose between a full-length 1000-word article and an infographic that needs a few scroll-downs, they’d probably prefer absorbing information straight from the infographic. What’s not to like? Colored charts and illustrations deliver connections better than tables and figures and as users spend time looking back and forth the full infographic, they stay on the site longer. Plus, readers who like what they see are more likely to share visual guides more than articles. While not everyone can make infographics from scratch, there are tools available on the Web that will help you create your very own infographics. In this article, we’re listing more than 20 such options to help you get your messages across to your readers, visually. Read Also: The Infographic Revolution: Where Do We Go From Here? What About Me? “What About Me?” Piktochart

In Memoriam: Lubna Agha – Artist in White - Blog - Islamic Arts Magazine In February this year, a retrospective of art by Lubna Agha was featured at the Gardiner Art Gallery on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. An outstanding exhibition featuring many of her recent paintings, it would be Lubna’s last. Lubna passed away May 6 at her home in Boston, Massachusetts. The artist Lubna Agha / Courtesy of Yusuf Agha Lubna graduated from Mina Art School in Karachi, Pakistan in 1967, and at a very young age became one of the most recognized painters in the country. Lubna Agha / 2 Bowls, 19x34.5 in / Courtesy of Yusuf Agha In the 1970s, she became famous for her White series, delicate minimalist paintings with cotton ball shapes delineated by calligraphic lines and sweeps of black and red paint. Lubna Agha / Blue Bowl, 22x22 in / Courtesy of Yusuf Agha At the height of her career in Pakistan, Lubna and her family moved to Sacramento, California. Lubna Agha / Meenaars - Minarets, 19x34.5 in / Courtesy of Yusuf Agha

Works of Art How to Read a Caption A caption gives basic information about a work of art. Title Titles appear in boldface. Date Titles are usually followed by a date or date range. Artist The name and nationality of the artist/maker(s) of the work of art are given, if known. Country or Culture of Origin The country or culture of origin indicates the geographic area where the work of art was made or found and may be followed by a specific city or region. Medium and Dimensions The medium describes the material(s) that the work of art is made of. Credit Line The credit line indicates how a work came into the permanent collection or how it came to be on view at the Metropolitan Museum. Accession Number The accession number for Edgar Degas's A Woman Seated Beside a Vase of Flowers (Madame Paul Valpinçon?) The accession number for the Roman statue Old Market Woman is 09.39. In 1970, a century after the Museum's founding, the style of accession numbers changed. Copyright Description