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Help me find this painting/Instagram artist please!

Hey everyone, I’m going crazy looking for this artist I used to follow on instagram and I was hopeful one of you might be able to help.

The work by this artist I can specifically remember was a hyper realistic painting of a bald nude man sitting at/laying on a table that had a long draping white tablecloth on it. There was nothing else in the frame, except there may have been oranges spilling off the table. It was almost greyscale because of how pale the man was, how white the table cloth was, and how grey the rest of the room was. It also super harsh lighting on the subject so the tablecloth and the man are almost blinding white and the background is gray/black. It definitely almost surrealist, but most important hyper realistic. The artist is I believe non binary with super pale skin and a short white faux hawk. I’m also pretty sure they have spots tattooed instead of eyebrows/no eyebrows. They were super edgy and posted a lot of edgy content. They also had a boyfriend who was bald and I think maybe a dancer?? He may have also been Norwegian or something. I also remember the artist posting about getting out of the mental hospital, and another post standing in a gallery next to this piece wearing an all black high colared dress that looked like a 19th century dress.

If this sounds familiar to anyone please point me in the right direction on how I might find this, I would really appreciate it!! I need it for an assignment due tomorrow lol. Thank you!!

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Meaning of Hieronymus Bosch's painting, "the garden of Earthly delights" debate

Hieronymus Bosch's painting "The Garden of Earthly Delights" shows 3 panels - Paradise | Sin | Hell But Sin just looks like they're throwing a party. What is the meaning behind this? Am I wrong to assume that Sin-shows them wasting away all the natural resources, throwing a huge hedonistic party. Then, Hell is the aftermath of Earth after it's in ruins. If not, what's the actual meaning, or what meaning do others derive from this?

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How are cathedral ceilings held in place? Is there a risk of wooden elements falling as glue or nails give out?

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Degree Thesis Renaissance Botticelli Sacred and Profane

Hi everyone, I'm about to graduate in Literature and I have chosen to do a thesis on Botticelli and the Sacred and Profane in philosophy. I ask you for help in getting input on essays/texts/links that can help me expand my knowledge of Botticelli. Thank you in advance

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Recommendations for a book on Cezanne, similar to "Rembrandt's Eyes"

Basically the title.

I read the book "Rembrandt's Eyes" by Simon Schama, and thoroughly enjoyed it; despite not really having much prior experience with art history/criticism. I specifically enjoyed how the author accomplished deep exegeses on the paintings, focusing on things I never figured were that important - things like gesture, posture, even the type of paint used, and the manner of paint application.

Cezanne is an artist who has always intrigued me, and I am wondering if a similar book exists on him. I would love to hear some recommendations ; if the book contains great reproductions of the paintings, that would be a bonus.


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09:38 UTC


Christina's World & the Solitude of the Subject

Christina's World is a real-life depiction painted by Andrew Wyeth in the summers of 1948 after he saw his wife's neighbour Christina Olson dragging herself across the grass. Christina had a muscular deterioration that left her upper body helpless. When Andrew painted this composition he embedded various psychological characteristics but it should also be noted that the artist didn't paint it for the sole purpose of showing his mastery or if he found the lady completely helpless. On the contrary, Andrew and Christina had a fruitful friendship where the former considered her an inspiration, a self sufficient survivor who welcomed strength and calmness.

Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth | Source: MoMA

There are numerous stories that this composition shares and you can read more about it in this article about Christina's World Painting.

06:03 UTC


Question about quote attributed to Eugene Delacroix

I remembered seeing this quote in the Norton Museum of Art, “I rush to work as others rush to see their mistress”. Looking up the quote I found this: “I go to work as others rush to see their mistresses, and when I leave, I take back with me to my solitude, or in the midst of the distractions that I pursue, a charming memory that does not in the least resemble the troubled pleasure of lovers.” Attributed to Eugene Delacroix Source:


Can anyone help to verify or source this quote?

03:52 UTC


what biblical scene is this depicting

hey guys, i recently came across this engraving by Drürer in the Apocalypse. Anyone have an idea what scene from the New Testament this portrait is depicting?

06:29 UTC


Looking for painting

Hi all,

Really hoping someone can help here. In 2008 I saw a painting in London that I loved. I believe it was in The National Gallery. I remember it being at the top of a staircase, because when I reached the top of the stairs I saw it and it blew me away instantly. The only thing that I can recall about the painting is that it had a woman dressed in brown with long hair and she was in some sort of distress. Maybe there was someone there harming her? I can't recall. I ask because I have been dreaming about this painting (at least of what I can remember of it) for months now. I have looked through the entire online collection of The National Gallery about a dozen times and can't find it. I also searched the Tate Britain and National Portrait Gallery online collections to no avail. I'm guessing it was at The National Gallery way back in 2008, but has since been moved to another museum. A painting I think it is similar to is "A Struggle in The Desert" by an unknown French painter. Anyways, I know this isn't a lot to go on, but I need to know!

Thanks for any leads.

04:01 UTC


The Illusion of Light and Rembrandt!

The best painting of Rembrandt which depicts an excellent light illusion is The Night Watch. Little did you know is that when you squint and look through the eyelashes, you will see only two figures shining over the Canvas - the girl in the background and the lieutenant carrying the sword. This was called Spotlight Effect which Rembrandt achieved through his experienced observation in theatrical plays.

Not to forget, he showed himself in this painting. Spot him in the picture if you can!

The foremost part of this work is the movement and the never ending background it has. Here's where you can learn the most about The Night Watch.

21:01 UTC


Sculptors Famous for Well-defined Wrinkles, Marble

Hi friends!

I am trying to identify who were the best sculptors---ideally from around 1200-1800---at presenting realistic, well-defined, stark wrinkles on the face of marble sculpture. As in, when one thinks about extreme realism of the face, wrinkles and all, who comes to mind? My first thought is Bernini, but I am hoping for a sculptor whose subjects are less in motion, and more usually stationary / in non-dynamic positions.

Thanks in advance!

19:19 UTC


Song of the Lark by Jules Breton "saved" Bill Murray's life

I just came across the 10 year old interview today, with Bill Murry explaining how he wanted to die, went for a walk, and ended up in the Chicago Art Institute. This story is amazing and a testament to how powerful art can be.


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thinking about going to college for art history... thoughts?

currently looking at college options and i was really considering getting a degree in art history (or a similar field). is there anyone on this subreddit who took this path and has advice?

23:18 UTC


Do you really need a drivers license to be a art curator?

Based in Australia for the record.

I've got a bachelor in creative arts and starting a graduate certificate in art curating next month, hoping to apply for jobs after that but if I cant get one I'll just go ahead and do a full masters.

However, due to some medical conditions I am not able to drive basically now or ever. Every art curating job I see says you need to have a drivers license which is something I'll never be able to get. Which I also don't get because I thought surely there is job options for art curators that take place mostly at the gallery or if travel is needed why cant it be done via public transport which is actually quicker than driving. I live in a major city (Sydney) and there is so much PT that its quicker to get around then driving so I dont understand?

I'm thinking of just unenrolling due to never being able to drive. Also If I could drive it would cost so much to buy a car and everything. Here in Sydney the 10th most expensive city is the world the salaries are like 70k AUD/46k USD which is not very high. The average salary here is 98k.

22:21 UTC


Italian Futurist and The Nazis

Are there any Nazi account of art criticism explicitly directed at Italian Futurists?

I've seen this posted here before but I've found answers under-researched and not adding up with accounts I've read in books on the Italian Futurist.

For example, most answers simply say that Nazis endorsed Futurist. This answer is complicated by the inclusion of the Futurist in the Degenerate Art Gallery curated by the Nazi party (something Marinetti begged Mussolini to rectify) and the Futurist wrote many manifestos in conflict with Nazi ideology (although I understand that too is not exactly codified).

I understand that the Futurist had a close relation with the Fascist of Italy (Marinetti being a higher ranking member earlyish into the party's sign of rise). However, this too I understand to be complicated as many original members had died by then and other members identifying as explicit anti-fascists.

If anyone has a citation, this would be extremely valued for my personal research!

Let me know if this is the wrong subreddit too!

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21:17 UTC


Why angels are depicted with wings

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14:00 UTC


The development and usage of perspective drawing techniques during the Tudor era. Can you recommend me reliable academic sources?

13:10 UTC


How to make a stone lithographs from a passed artist?

There is a 1960 Mourlot lithograph of a painting from Kandinsky from 1924 (Black accompaniment). I see the lithograph was made from stone. But Kandinsky had been dead for some time when the lithograph was made.

How was the lithograph made? Who drew on the stone?

12:29 UTC


Art of the Ancient World course

Hi everyone! I’m looking for some insight before taking an Art of the Ancient World course. I’m a cybersecurity major (used to numbers and problem-solving) having to take a history related course this semester. Thankfully, I found Art of the Ancient World. It seems to be the most interesting. I already have an interest in ancient civilizations, Egypt especially. Anyways, I’m wondering if anyone took a course like this and found it insightful/enjoyable. I’m also wondering what to expect for this course. To be clear, this would be considered a beginner art course for non-art majors. I’m nervous that it’ll seem too repetitive for me or too heavily focused on Greek/Roman culture. Any discussion of your own personal experience is greatly appreciated!

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