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Realism

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2024/03/29
20:27 UTC

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Hello, I am creating a student project about pigments and would like feedback

I am creating a series of blog posts about the history and chemistry of various pigments, so I want it to be factual and nice to read. I would appreciate it if people could look at it and check my work or tell me how to improve it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

https://historyandchemistryofpigment.blogspot.com/

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2024/03/29
20:25 UTC

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Helen Frankenthalers’ work was panned by some art critics for being too “pretty” and comforting (cont’d)

Because of her use of pastels and more placid compositions. Generally, there was and still is a stigma against Beauty in the art world and serious work was expected to be more jarring and unsettling like Jackson Pollock. Frankenthaller has suggested there was a stigma against things perceived as feminine in art, thus her work being derided as “too pretty.” Conversely, many art theorists/critics have claimed beauty only serves to comfort the public and reinforce the status quo and that radical art must confront and unsettle the viewer. Opinions on this?

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2024/03/29
17:30 UTC

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What kinds of pottery would a factory in Staffordshire be making in 1843?

Tried r/AskHistorians and got nothing even though they apparently have Art Historians...

1843 specifically, as it's the year after the Pottery Riots. Which may have cut worker numbers and/or made the factories more cautious, perhaps?

What would a small-to-medium not-famous-name pottery factory in, say, Longton, be making at this time? I'm having trouble figuring this out because when you look up these famous designs/methods, stuff that the big names like Wedgewood and Spode had invented like creamware and jasperware had apparently gone out of production entirely, and other things like majolica and Parian ware just hadn't been developed yet, if only by a few years with that last one.

Were they still using tin-glaze and either painting or transferring, and would that be the only thing they were making? Where does bone china come into it? Or would these not-famouses have invented their own stuff which is so few in number that they haven't earned their own Wiki page? Would they have developed their own version of say, jasperware (I frickin' love jasperware.) in red or green, called it something else and just kept going with it until it wasn't selling it all?

The Potteries' own website has and index of major styles and some of these hint they might have still been made - and others don't have enough detail at all. I'm in the UK, and I imagine the local museums would have books, but getting to Stoke-on-Trent will take me three hours at best and it's not greatly feasible for the foreseeable.

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2024/03/29
16:39 UTC

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Distinctions Between the Aesthetic Movement and the Arts & Crafts Movement

I've been reading and searching for the differences between the two, but so much seems to overlap. I know that the Arts and Crafts movement succeeded the Aesthetic movement, but what are some distinct differences between the two? They seem to be inspired by the same things and people and many of the articles I've read say that they're distinct but then go on to describe them in almost the same way. Thanks!

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2024/03/29
16:19 UTC

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The symbolism of the orange, strawberry, and gourd in art history

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2024/03/29
14:02 UTC

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Crucifix fresco scene in Assisi - Black figures

Cimbue was an Italian artist who created this Crucifix scene in the upper church of San Francesco (St Francis) chapel in Assisi, Italy between 1277 and 1280.

In this Fresco Cimbue used white pigments containing lead, which over time oxidized - leaving the figures and their clothes to turn black in an almost photo-negative look.

Figured it was a good Good Friday post. It’s beautiful and haunting in person.

4 Comments
2024/03/29
13:36 UTC

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What are some examples of paintings with frames that don't merely contain the image but are integral to the work? This is Dali's "A Couple with Their Heads Full of Clouds" (1936; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen). I'm interested in artists who somehow go beyond the canvas.

26 Comments
2024/03/29
12:23 UTC

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Looking for info on stretcher history. European vs. American

I can't find much information on this. But from what I've read and seen, I know that a big giveaway for origin of a painting is the stretcher. Basically, the rule of thumb seems to be: Europe used the H stretcher, and USA used mitered corners.

My main question is, is there a specific point in time when Europe began to adopt mitered corners? Or, at least started to use them in some areas?

Does anyone have a good source of information on stretcher history?

For instance, I have a painting that I'm pretty sure has been restretched and maybe strip lined onto a new stretcher. It has a European town name stenciled onto the wooden stretcher, the wood appears to be pre-1950 (and canvas held by even older nails), but it has mitered corners.

Is it possible that this was actually restretched in Europe pre-1950?

Appreciate any information!

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2024/03/29
10:58 UTC

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THE LAST SUPPER

I think this might be the right place to ask, I’m afraid I can’t find much online, probably cause I’m searching wrong Is the last supper by Leonardo unfinished? I noticed the top part above the sforza crests( the ceiling) was clearly started on and not completed but me googling has brought up too many stories about the last supper and I’m desperately curious for a semi definite answer I know someone knows something about it Was it just abandoned cause the paint was dripping?? If so it would be interesting to see if someone out there has attempted a completed sketch of what it would look like , Can someone link me something please

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2024/03/29
08:25 UTC

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Rarely noted about Velazquez: he had a sharp eye for animals

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2024/03/29
01:50 UTC

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Undergrad Art History University decision.

I’m a parent of a graduating senior who wants to pursue art history. She has options for her undergraduate degree and I’m looking for all the helpful insight and wisdom we can find. She has acceptance to UT Austin, UC Berkeley, University of Washington. She was accepted at Pratt for illustration but would want to change to art history. UT will be the cheapest bc it’s in state. She has a 60% scholarship to Pratt. Berkeley is the most expensive and UW is a close second. Before the Berkeley acceptance, UT was the clear front runner. But the prestige of Berkeley is tempting (but comes at a foolish price) but is it worth it anyway?!? Any insight or informed opinions are greatly appreciated!

7 Comments
2024/03/29
00:59 UTC

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Rebinding of Destinies of the soul, what are your thoughts?

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2024/03/28
18:29 UTC

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Painters who were very popular but whom we now consider bad?

Hello! I'm trying to put together a list of paintings that were very popular when created but that now we consider "bad" or "boring."

Sort of the opposite of Van Gogh, whose paintings were not appreciated at the time but are, now, considered sublime.

Thank you for any suggestions!

173 Comments
2024/03/28
18:20 UTC

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Which is your favourite sketchbook by a famous painter?

Just came across one of David’s sketchbook and found out that there are many more around the web, free to “flip”.

Do you have one (or more) that you particularly enjoy and want to share with the rest of the sub?

2 Comments
2024/03/27
22:07 UTC

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Why is Cato’s suicide so prominent in art and literature?

Giovanni Battista Langretti, (1666-1676) The Death of Cato

I’ve noticed a lot of Cato’s contemporaries, renaissance painters, romantic literature, poetry, just art in general that’s obsessed with Cato the Youngers suicide. There’s even a whole scene devoted to it in HBOs Rome haha. Honestly the accounts are very gratuitous, and unnecessarily embellished. I mean read Plutarch’s account of it, it’s metal af:

“A physician went to him and tried to replace his bowels, which remained uninjured, and to sew up the wound. Accordingly, when Cato recovered and became aware of this, he pushed the physician away, tore his bowels with his hands, rent the wound still more, and so died.”

Why is the gruesomeness of Cato’s suicide so focused on?

(Copy pasted from r/AskHistorians. I never got an answer 😔)

31 Comments
2024/03/27
21:38 UTC

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What’s the most fascinating thing you’ve learnt in Art History?

55 Comments
2024/03/27
15:26 UTC

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Classic Paintings of Beautiful Men ?

Hey,

I'm looking for images of classical paintings of beautiful men for my screensaver. Does anyone have any suggestions ?

Thanks,

Edit: Sorry, I should clarify. By "classical" I just loosely mean anything not "modern", post-modern, or contemporary.

Awesome suggestions everyone.

33 Comments
2024/03/27
03:29 UTC

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majors

im heading into college soon and i wanted some advice from people within these fields that im intrested in. these are three majors im condisdering but one is for sure im doing.

Art history

Psychology

Anthropology

if anyone can give an insightti what im looking at in school, work, interships, etc.

and if there are any recommendations at colleges and programs.

5 Comments
2024/03/26
17:18 UTC

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Modern Unfinished art

Hello! I wanted to ask, what is your favorite unfinished art from the contemporary period ? I went to the Alice Neel exhibition last year at the Pompidou museum and this painting really stuck with me. (James Hunter Black Draftee, 1965)

I always loved non finito art but we mostly found it in sculpture. I still came across some modern paintings that give this unfinished impression like Last Portrait by Lucien Freud (1976-77), the famous Unfinished Painting by Keith Haring (1989) or my personal favorite The Body Has Memory by Jennifer Packer (2018)

8 Comments
2024/03/26
16:24 UTC

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