Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Episode 47: Ancient Egyptian Art

In this weeks episode of Arts and Facts:

Ancient Egypt is one of those mysterious subjects that have interested the general public and scholars for hundreds of years and Arts and Facts is no exception! Jo and Chloe take us on a general tour of Ancient Egyptian art hitting the highlights in architecture, painting and sculpture. 

Temple of Karnak

Temple of Hatshepsut

Nebamun Hunting Birds

From The Book of the Dead

Seated Scribe

Sculptures of  Ramesses II at Abu Simbel

Bust of Nefertiti

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Episode 46: Dada is Da-Dumb

While there are many movements based in deep thought and consideration for each piece, Dada... well it just isn't one of them.

As a reactionary movement after WWI devastated Europe, the Dada artists questioned the very nature of art in their almost nonsensical work. Sometimes, even, it seemed that they put more work into their titles than the work (especially in pieces known as "readymades").

The Fountain by Duchamp
Another Duchamp Readymade

Cut with a Kitchen Knife by Hannah Höch
Hans Arp collage of blue squares

(Ready for a long title???) The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors Even (the large glass) by Duchamp

There are many movements that come after Dada which follow the same line of thought... what is art? Take it or leave it, it's a part of our  art history. What do you think of dada?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Episode 45: Angels Among Us

Rembrandt, The Sacrifice of Abraham, 1635

Waterhouse, The Annunciation, 1914 

Rossetti, Annunciation, 1865
Campin, The Merode Altarpiece, 1425-1428

Cimabue, Madonna and Child, 1280-1285

Raphael, Sistine Madonna, 1513-1514

Lippi, Madonna and Child with Angels, c. 1467

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Episodes 44: Gaudi

Julia and Carrie talk about Antoni Gaudi, the Spanish Catalan architect who created amazing, surreal like structures that have never been duplicated or matched since his time. Many of Gaudi's works are listed as  UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Crypt of the Colonia Guell church
Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo (Close up of balconies)

A very large sculpted flower pot, that was at the same time a fountain, it was located in the back patio-garden of the Casa Calvet.  In 1900, Gaudi received an award for the best building of the year from the Barcelona City Council for Casa Calvet.

Sagrada Familia (exterior)

Sagrada Familia (Interior)

Sagrada Familia (Close up of exterior)