Portia Placino

Repository of my thoughts and images of art, literature, travel, and life.

Day 7, A conversation between two paintings

My students are always fascinated when I point out that Juan Luna’s Spoliarium isn’t his only work, nor academic painting his only style. Two examples currently hang in the Vargas … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Teaching controversial art

Teaching controversial art proved to be a difficult endeavor. Part of why this in the syllabus is so that I can teach visual literacy and open-mindedness to my students. Sadly, … Continue reading

September 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ideological Divides and a Calm After the Storm

We now leave the Renaissance for a bit and focus on the next couple of centuries–17th to 18th centuries. There was an enormous upheaval and ideological divide during the Baroque … Continue reading

September 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Further into the Renaissance and Mannerism

August was full of disruptions, rains, floods, and even illnesses. But hopefully, we leave all that now. As August ends, we also end our lessons in Renaissance. This time, we … Continue reading

August 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Shifting towards the Renaissance

Last time, we talked about the relationship of art with the church. Particularly, how art expressed beliefs and predispositions of the church. Christian religion then was a new system of … Continue reading

August 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Art and the Church Lecture

  Art and religion has a very complicated relationship, to say the least. In art history, art played a key role in the development of the church, more particularly a … Continue reading

July 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Looking at Early Art

There is always something so fascinating about early art. There is no written documentation from pre-historic art. What we have left are their sculptures, their paintings, and their structures. We … Continue reading

July 13, 2012 · 5 Comments

Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase

I stumbled into this interesting piece as I was looking for new movies to watch. Since The Artist was such a success, I decided to look for more Academy Award winning films. … Continue reading

June 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Monumentality and Utilitarianism–of Ancient Egypt, Ancient India and Early Philippines

The first Ancient Civilization that we learn in class is on Ancient Egypt. I think that the journey should start from there, where we can see monumentality and attempt at … Continue reading

January 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

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