Who says art history is lackluster? Here are six surefire rebuttals:
Fleamarkets and basements are treasure troves! A Virginia woman purchased Pierre August-Renoir's "Paysage Bords de Seine" at a flea market for $7. One of the Renoir paintings of the Seine created near the towns Chatou and Bougival, Paysage is expected to sell for $100,000.
Closer to home, the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science was prodded by an auction house to locate a layered glass mosaic by Picasso that had been crated in its basement for over four decades.
Its estimated sales price is $30 - $40 million. Read more about Picasso's Seated Woman with the Red Hat (right).
The exhibition of Matisse paintings at the Met (Matisse: In Search of True Painting), running December 4 - March 17, smells like a blockbuster.
a recent study quantified the value of arts education. Those who participated in the arts - defined here as visiting museums; attending events in dance, theater, music, and opera; and creating or performing arts - were significantly more likely to be more socially tolerant, civicly engaged and active, and altruistic.
One AP Art History teacher is going to circulate results of this study to parents at curriculum night. Brilliant!
"Learning Medicine by Looking at Art" puts aspiring Harvard M.D.s into Boston art museums for one afternoon per week to study famous paintings. Why? Proponents say this enhances observational skills, and teaches students to tolerate ambiguity. Because paintings often have multiple interpretations, it's believed that the students
John Singer Sargent. El Jaleo, 1882. Oil on canvas, approximately 7' 7" by 11' 5". Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.
will learn to seek and assess multiple options before making a diagnosis.
In John Singer Sargent's El Jaleo, students wondered whether the man with his throat exposed was sleeping... or singing.
with so many art history classes starting around now... I thought I'd repost our article on cave paintings in Altamira, Chauvet and Lascaux caves, including recent
news that the spotted horses of the Pech-Merle caves did exist, according to DNA testing.
And if someone doesn't find the Pech Merle horses (right) and cave paintings fascinating... there isn't a chance for them!
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