Baroque · painting · Uncategorized · vanitas

‘Vanitantum et omina vanitas’

‘Vanities of vanities, all is vanity’ Ecclesiastes 1: 2-3 This text was to form the foundation of a new genre of art known as vanitas still-life paintings with a moral context a reminder of humanity’s morality. This genre of painting reached its zenith in the baroque period particularly in the low countries with their strong… Continue reading ‘Vanitantum et omina vanitas’

composition · Manet · painting · Uncategorized

Causing a riot!

This is continuing my series of looking at paintings that have provoked strong reactions in the viewer. Manet’s Olympia 1863 could be said to win the prize for causing the most extreme reactions for a painting ever exhibited. Barricades had to be erected in front of the painting so outraged were members of the viewing public.… Continue reading Causing a riot!

Art · draughtsmanship · drawing · painting · Portraits · Sculpture · Uncategorized

Space the final frontier

  In the current retrospective at Tate Modern of the painter-sculptor  Alberto Giacometti it is space that is the overarching  theme that drives and shapes the development of his work. Space is at once his muse and nemesis.(This was from a man who was a known acrophobic.)  We learn from the excellent video that he… Continue reading Space the final frontier