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The Birth of Venus (Sandro Botticelli) : Uffizi Gallery

The Birth of Venus (Sandro Botticelli) : Uffizi Gallery

Most Popular Artists The most popular artist searches last month: a not-to-be-taken-too-seriously measurement of which famous artists have the greatest "mindshare" in our collective culture. Moving up: Edgar Degas (#22 to #12), Titian (#28 to #18), and realist painter Janet Fish (appearing for the first time on the list at #29). Moving down: Joan Miro (#13 to #19), Wassily Kandinsky (#11 to #24) and Paul Gauguin (#21 down to #32). Chambord En 1519, François Ier ouvre à quelques lieues de Blois, au cœur d’un désert d’arbres et de marais prés d’un village à demi abandonné, un immense chantier dont il ne verra pas la fin. François Ier visite quatorze fois le chantier de Chambord. Le château connaît l’abandon régulier propre aux résidences royales : le roi, en effet, sillonne son royaume pour se faire voir et imposer son autorité. L’édifice conserve la silhouette d’un château fort, flanqué de tours, ceinturé de douves ; mais les innovations rapportées d’Italie lui donnent sa singularité. Vainqueur de la bataille de Marignan, François I entend séduire par les pierres comme il a séduit par les armes. Pour ce prince qui dessine à ses heures perdues des palais de papier, il est temps d’éblouir le monde par une œuvre parfaite et nouvelle.

Gustave Doré Art Images Enigma, Gustave Doré Gustave Doré was a world famous 19th century illustrator. Although he illustrated over 200 books, some with more than 400 plates, he is primarily known for his illustrations to The Divine Comedy, particularly The Inferno, his illustrations to Don Quixote, and Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven. These art images include Doré's illustrations to The Divine Comedy, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Perrault's Fairy Tales, Don Quixote, Paradise Lost, Contes Drolatiques, Fables de La Fontaine, Tennyson's Elaine, and others. 6 : AMUSEMENT 19 Factors That Impact Compositional Balance Imagine a boulder leaning too far over the cliff’s edge. Seeing that boulder you think it should come crashing down the mountainside. It’s out of balance and you feel the tension of the impending crash. A similar feeling happens in your visitors when the composition of your design is visually out of balance. In a couple of previous posts I talked about visual balance and in each I briefly mentioned the idea of visual weight in order to achieve visual balance.

Portrait of a market: Prices, contracts, and competition in 17th-century oil painting Art is often perceived, and sometimes defined, as handmade work that is valuable independently of its objective features and is the fruit of pure talent and inspiration independent from monetary and contractual incentives. This emphasis on the invaluable is even more pronounced for religious paintings by old masters as Titian, Veronese, or Caravaggio. At the same time, the pricing of a unique art object is often perceived as highly subjective and largely dependent on the tastes, wealth and prestige of buyers, with little regard for factors affecting demand and supply. This is perception is especially strong when considering the Renaissance and Baroque periods, in which honour and prestige were claimed to be the drivers of social and economic activities (of patrons and artists) more than the profit-seeking behaviour of the “homo economicus”.

3D Paintings on Panes of Glass Using multiple layers of clear glass, Canada based David Spriggs and Chinese born Xia Xiaowan, transform flat artwork into 3D sculptures. Viewers are treated to different shifting perspectives of the works based on where they stand in the art space. Spriggs work revolves around powerful explosive imagery, often resembling storms, cosmic blasts or firework like explosions. 142 Fantastically Funky Modern Furniture Designs Funky Furnitures: 142 Creative Modern Furniture Designs Article by Urbanist, filed under Furniture & Decor in the Design category. We sit on it during the day, sleep on it at night, eat off it and even look at our reflection in it – but how much thought do we really give our functional and space-saving furniture and the rooms we have full of it? Some designers have gone to great lengths to get us to view even the most mundane pieces of furniture in a new and different light. From creative transformable, collapsible and comfortable designs to incredible flat-pack, funky and futuristic ones here are one hundred and forty-two furniture innovations that will at least turn heads. 18 Brilliant and Bizarre Modern Bed Designs

LUSH LIFE 2 Exhibit @ Roq La Rue “Diorama of Endless Desires” oil on canvas 48″x 60″ image SOLD New York has the Jonathan Levine Gallery among others. Los Angeles offers art venues like Gallery 1988. Kris Kuksi Apocalyptic Sculptures by Kris Kuksi is a 36-year-old sculptor from Missouri, USA. His sculptures are created out of discarded toys, old mechanical parts and other tossed away items. The sheer amount of detail within is work is truly incredible.

Chinese Artist Huang Guofu Paints Using Only His Mouth & Feet Huang Guofu didn’t let the childhood accident that left him armless at the age of four interfere with his love for painting. Instead, he taught himself to paint with his feet at the age of 12. He recalls staying up all night at times just to practice. After his father fell ill, Guong, 18 at the time, quit school and decided to pursue painting as a profession in order to help pay for treatments. He started selling his art on the streets where some purchased his work purely out of sympathy. Guong soon started traveling to different cities to sell his artwork; after hearing that his paintings lacked elegance because of his technique, he taught himself to use the brush with his teeth.

Light and Shadow: Update on Artist Kumi Yamashita » Combustus “Origami 25,” Kumi Yamashita For readers who may have missed the Combustus article, ”The Ungraspable Shadow,” published on September 21, 2012 ( in which Kumi Yamashita is one of the artists interviewed, please find it reprinted below: Hemingway Did you tell her how daddy puts the barrel in his mouth every morning Just so the taste won’t surprise him when he finally pulls the trigger And how, in those last days he understood why Hemingway did it Just not why he took so long

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