Day 2: A Room with a View, Remembering Gustave Courbet’s The Painter’s Studio

I walked around in a cold, darkened room, and there it was—Gustave Courbet’s The Painter’s Studio. I stood in awe for a moment, taking it in. I walked near it to see the details of the paint. I moved back so I can see its entirety once I again. I sat down on the bench … Continue reading Day 2: A Room with a View, Remembering Gustave Courbet’s The Painter’s Studio

3-Dimentional Art History

One of the most interesting presentation of art history I have seen in recent memory is the Museum of Taipei University of Education's modern art timeline. Basically, they have a linear timeline, interspersed with artist's names. Walking through the timeline, you can see replicas of the artworks. This approach basically gives a visual feel of the … Continue reading 3-Dimentional Art History

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 Period. Which one should they follow, the absolute authority of the church and the divine rights of kings or the Protestant reform and the belief … Continue reading Ideological Divides and a Calm After the Storm

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 will explore the High Renaissance into Mannerism. The influence of the state and private individuals heighten, affecting the style and mood of the times. High … Continue reading Further into the Renaissance and Mannerism

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. Watching Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase is a revelation. Youtube people are calling this a 7-minute Art History lesson, specifically, I think this is a 7-minute … Continue reading Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase