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Tuesday
Oct042016

Secret Knowledge

In this video, based on the book by the same name, published in 2001, Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters, David Hockney does a convincing job at explaining how things are always the way they seem. By connecting a timeline to the discovery of such tools as curved mirrors and camera lucida we see how it is possible that the famed artists of the renaissance may have used the same “cheats” many artists use today. 

Tuesday
Oct042016

How to recognize Baroque art.

Another good video and lesson from SmART History.

Once referred to as a deformed pearl, “baroque” was used to disparage the artists who reformed the lessons of the renaissance. By adding dramatic realism, bold light and dark contrasts (chiaroscuro), and physical and emotional immediacy, baroque art comes to life.

The list of artists associated with period speaks for itself; Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer. Historically these artists raised the bar of craftsmanship that stills moves us today.

Saturday
Apr302016

Moche Culture, Pottery, and Ear Lobe Stretching before it was cool

I once had to do a report on Moche pottery which included six colored pencil illustrations, 19" × 24" on Bristol board. I drew an owl vessel, a portrait vessel, a house vessel, a vessel that depicted a sexual act, a squash vessel, and a vessel that was titled, "hallucination vessel," which meant that archeologist don't understand the symbols, but it looks like an exploded monster face. Because of the size I only had two scanned professionally, the rest are buried in a box of old drawings. The Moche inhabited the North Coast of Peru between about 200 and 850 AD. They preceded the Inca and produced many beautiful ceramics.

 

The illustrations have been heavily rotated through various design projects.

 

Thursday
Apr142016

The Next Rembrandt

I wonder if Rembrandt van Rijn ever wondered if people would admire his work in the future? I'd like to believe that he would have enjoyed this project.
"On [11 Apr 2016] in Amsterdam, an artwork called “the Next Rembrandt” will be unveiled for the first time.
It is the result of an 18-month project which asks whether new technology and data can bring back to life one of the greatest, most innovative painters of all time.
Advertising executive Korsten, whose brainchild the project was, admitted that there were many doubters. “The idea was greeted with a lot of disbelief and skepticism,” he said. “Also coming up with the idea is one thing, bringing it to life is another.”
The project has involved data scientists, developers, engineers and art historians from organizations including Microsoft, Delft University of Technology, the Mauritshuis in The Hague and the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam.
The final 3D printed painting consists of more than 148 million pixels and is based on 168,263 Rembrandt painting fragments." - The Guardian
“Data is used by many people today to help them be more efficient and knowledgeable about their daily work, and about the decisions they need to make. But in this project it’s also used to make life itself more beautiful. It really touches the human soul.”– Ron Augustus, Microsoft
“We looked at a number of Rembrandt paintings, and we scanned their surface texture, their elemental composition, and what kinds of pigments were used. That’s the kind of information you need if you want to generate a painting by Rembrandt virtually.”- Joris Dik, Technical University Delft
Thursday
Apr142016

Spitting On Their Hands

Apparently, spitting is the basic delivery of of color for most humans.

Everywhere archeologist find ancient cave art there is someone's hand-print silhouetted by the spray of mineral color. This BBC article and Nature Document  explains how this new finding of cave art in Indonesia challenges our ideas of the origins of art.