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After readings Alfy’s comment this morning about the ‘School of Athens’ featured artwork, it got me thinking about modern pictures that show groups of influential people. The first that came to mind was the Solvay Conference photograph of physicists and chemists that has now become somewhat iconic. Then there are a number of famous paintings from the Founding Fathers, the opening of parliament through to the ‘Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante‘. Which then lead me to remember the Beatles … Continue reading
The School of Athens, or Scuola di Atene in Italian, is one of the most famous frescoes by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael. It was painted between 1509 and 1510 as a part of Raphael’s commission to decorate with frescoes the rooms now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. The Stanza della Segnatura was the first of the rooms to be decorated, and The School of Athens, representing Philosophy, was probably the second painting to be finished there, after La Disputa (Theology) on the opposite wall, and the Parnassus (Literature). The picture has long been seen as … Continue reading
Wilko Johnson, legendary guitarist with Canvey Island pub rock pioneers Dr Feelgood, and Roger Daltrey, lead singer of rock giants The Who are to release a joint album ‘Going Back Home’ on March 10th on the world famous Chess label which has been resurrected especially for the purpose. The album features 11 tracks, ten of which are Wilko originals from both his Dr Feelgood days and solo years, whilst the sole cover on the album is a version of Bob … Continue reading
For decades, Hong Kong has been labelled as a cultural desert, despite the many musical monuments the city has established throughout the years. On 28 July 2013, Part One of HKFO’s “Trilogy of Change” is put into motion. Planting the seeds of change deep into the streets of Hong Kong, HKFO premiers the city’s first large-scale choral-orchestral “flash mob”, bringing to the audience excerpts of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 at the heart of one of Hong Kong’s densest malls, the Shatin … Continue reading
The 98-gun ship ‘Temeraire’ played a distinguished role in Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, after which she was known as the ‘Fighting Temeraire’. The ship remained in service until 1838 when she was decommissioned. Turner shows Temeraire being towed from Sheerness to Rotherhithe to be broken up. The painting was thought to represent the decline of Britain’s naval power. The ‘Temeraire’ is shown travelling east, away from the sunset, even though Rotherhithe is west of Sheerness, … Continue reading
Click to enlarge At first nobody wanted them. Van Gogh painted four images of sunflowers in a pot, and then three copies that depart in many details from the originals. Together, they amount to an iconic body of work, representative of his creative powers at their height. Yet the first time one was exhibited in his lifetime it caused uproar. Having been invited to show work alongside Les Vingt, an avant-garde group of 20 artists in Brussels, in January 1890, Van Gogh consulted his brother Theo as … Continue reading
A Portuguese urban artist turns abandoned walls into works of art, Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium gets a frosty makeover for a Snow Festival – and more from the world of arts.
Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy is a painting by the British artist David Hockney. Painted between 1970 and 1971, it depicts the fashion designer Ossie Clark and the textile designer Celia Birtwellshortly after their wedding at which Hockney was Clark’s best man. Hockney and Clark had been friends since the early 1960s. One of their cats sits on Ossie’s knee (the cat in the painting was not in fact Percy — this was the name of one of their other cats — but Hockney … Continue reading
Tatsuo Horiuchi is a 73-year-old artist, who found his passion in digital art 13 years ago, right before his retirement. However, as graphics software often can be quite expensive, Horiuchi chose to challenge his artistic capabilities by creating his beautiful and highly intricate pictures with Excel. The idea of trying out something new in life came naturally to Horiuchi – the retirement was approaching quickly and uncompromisingly, and like in most such cases, a new hobby becomes a must. Horiuchi’s … Continue reading
Stand before a huge image of Yosemite by David Hockney and see the artist’s rendition of wispy clouds hovering over midnight blue mountains. Look closer and see strokes drawn by a stylus on an iPad, and pixels from an inkjet printer. At 76, David Hockney, the British artist known for bold colors and landscapes, remains an early adopter of technology. His iPad drawings are included in “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition” at the de Young Museum, in San Francisco through … Continue reading
As Mexico City archaeologists sort through the surreal array of Aztec sacrificial skulls recently uncovered while excavating their city’s subway system, it’s worth remembering that parts of the London Underground were also tunneled, blasted, picked, and drilled through a labyrinth of plague pits and cemeteries. In her excellent and morbidly fascinating book Necropolis: London and Its Dead, author Catharine Arnold describes in detail the subterranean presence of corpses found throughout the British capital. To no small extent, she makes clear, … Continue reading
According to Sidney Colvin, Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893) excelled in capturing “beautiful people in beautiful situations.” His 1882 painting The Dreamers a picture of three women lost in reverie now in the collection of the Birmingham Museum and Gallery, exemplifies this tendency, Moore’s consistent aesthetic, in terms of colour, texture, and composition, makes his painting a visually harmonious work evoking the weightless quality of a dream. The painting depicts the same model three times over. This lack of physical variety causes the … Continue reading
The largest firework show in history took place last night in Dubai, utilising the worlds tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
Emily Stoneking has had no background in science, just a layman’s love of it. Her first aknitomical piece was the knitted, dissected frog that we all remember from high school. That has proven to be consistently her most popular item by far. You can see and buy more of Emily’s work here.
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Salvador Dali illustrates his passion for bullfighting in The Hallucinogenic Toreador, his wife Gala, however, did not. Her face is pictured in the top left corner of the piece, with a look of condemnation, illustrating her hatred for the practice. The statue of Venus de Milo is seen 28 times in the painting, which is not an innocuous addition. In order to see the face of the toreador, you must look past the first illustration of the statue. The face … Continue reading
Since 1932, UNESCO has maintained a database called the Index Translationum. It is an international bibliography of translations—that is, a list of all the books in the world that have been published in translation. The current list tabulates the cumulative bibliographical information on books translated and published in nearly one hundred of UNESCO’s member states since 1979, totaling more than 2 million separate entries. Books in every discipline are counted, from literature and science to art and history. Jules Verne has long … Continue reading
The first official image from The Imitation Game has been released, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as computer scientist, mathematician, and father of artificial intelligence Alan Turing. The movie is set during World War II, when Turing helped crack the Enigma code. A discovery which greatly impacted the length of conflict. This image which was released via the film’s twitter site, was most likely released due to the news that Turing has received a posthumous pardon from Queen Elizabeth II, “for his … Continue reading
A short hand drawn animation with ‘the making of’ at the end, by Belgian multidisciplinary visual artist Ben Heine