Here are some stories in the art history arena which caught our attention recently:
More Rembrandt paintings. Roberta Smith of the New York Times reviews "Rembrandt at Work: The Great Self-Portrait from Kenwood House", featuring one of the least seen Rembrandt paintings, his self-portrait of 1665 (left).
The second largest Rembrandt portrait (the largest is in the Frick Collection), the Kenwood painting makes its debut in the U.S.
Expansion of Google Art Project. This remarkable endeavor now includes:
- 30,000 high resolution images of artwork;
- 151 art museums in forty countries, spanning the Acropolis Museum to the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University; and
- virtual tours of 46 art museums.
With images greater than 1 billion pixels, you can literally see into cracks on canvases! Here is a list of all art museums in the expanded Google Art Project.
Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico. This unique show opened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and explores the history of Quetzalcoatl and his enduring influence on the Nahua,
Right: Codex Selden. Mexico, Western Oaxaca. AD 1556-1560.
Mixtec, and Zapotec kingdoms during the late pre-Columbian years. More than 200 objects comprise this groundbreaking art exhibition. See it before 7/1/2012.
Left: Turquoise Mosaic Shield. Mexico, Puebla, Acatlan. AD 1100-1521, Mixtec.
Hyperallergic.com Rave Review. So it took me a month to figure out that if someone gushes about Masterpiece Cards, that doesn't mean I'm bragging -- it just means that this editor of a popular West Coast art blog is impressed!
Read An Xiao's review at Hyperallergic.com about using Masterpiece Cards to learn art history.
Have a great weekend!