‘I’m Sick of Portraits’ – Gainsborough and His Dog PortraitsAugust 26, 2020
Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788) was a portrait and landscape painter. During his career, he often painted dogs accompanying his sitters. He always made sure that the dog was not merely a prop, but also ooze personality. Hence it is...
Between Art and Engineering: the Kinetic Beasts of Theo JansenAugust 20, 2020
Theo Jansen – a Dutch contemporary artist, a sculptor, an engineer, and most significantly, a visionary. The universe in his mind along with his manual capability came together to create rare and breathtaking kinetic sculptures roaming around the...
Painting of the Week: The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat by John WeguelinAugust 9, 2020
Here is a Painting of the Week to honor our recent cat theme. The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat presents an imaginative interpretation of an ancient Egyptian cat burial. Ancient Egypt and Cats Many people are familiar with...
Can You Spot the Cat? Cats Hidden in Famous PaintingsAugust 4, 2020
I like cats and I’m sure that many of you do too. A fascinating animal, the cat has earned itself an important place in culture, literature, and art. Artists gave it a rich variety of symbolic meanings. However, at...
Tsuguharu Foujita: The Cat MasterAugust 3, 2020
While there are many artists who can be called cat-lovers, only one can be called the master of cats. Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita was a Japanese–French painter and printmaker born in Tokyo, Japan. He applied Japanese ink techniques to...
What is a Wunderkammer? Best Cabinets of CuriositiesJuly 6, 2020
The characteristic of arousing surprise for the observer is typical for the so-called Wunderkammer or Cabinet of Curiosities. These are real rooms of wonders where, in an undifferentiated mix of art and science, of naturalia and artificialia, the...
Dachshunds in ArtJuly 5, 2020
Dachshunds were first bred around the 15th century in Germany. Their primary purpose was to hunt small animals, particularly badgers, and they are sometimes referred to as badger hounds. Although most dachshunds now probably live a more sedentary...
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