Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Bearer of Glad Tidings



Archangel Gabriel, 13th Century AD, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reims, France.

Notre Dame at Reims is the first example of the High Gothic style of architecture. It is highly decorated with carving, sculpture and stained glass. It sustained a great deal of damage after the French Revolution and during WWII.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Homage



Carhenge, c.1987, Alliance, NE

Monday, August 29, 2005

Looking for Answers



Stonehenge, c.2950 BC, Salisbury Plain, England.

An ancient series of monoliths set in a circular pattern has enchanted and intrigued people for centuries because the original purpose has been lost - there are many theories that attempt to explain the site.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Super Group



Artist Finger Puppets by the Unemployed Philosophers Guild

Finger puppets of van Gogh, Kahlo, Dali and Monet.

"It turned out that fulfilling gift-giving needs proved to be almost as satisfying as probing eternal questions (maybe not quite)." - The Unemployed Philosophers

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Hey, I didn't post a Dali yet.



The Hallucinogenic Toreador, 1969-70 by Salvador Dali, the Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL.

Dali conceived this work in an art supply store. It is rich with color and imagery. It features the famous ancient statue of Venus now housed in the Louvre.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Awwww!



Kitty and Snow, c. 1960's by Gig, glued to cardboard in basements.

Popular in the 1960's with the young and the unsophisticated big eyed puppies, kitties and children could be found tacked to bedroom walls and in this case on puzzles from Woolworth.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Blessed



Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, 1831 by John Constable, National Gallery London.

This version of the cathedral is the most "romantic" with the horse and cart in the foreground and the rainbow in the background, which was apparently a later addition to the work.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Personalizing



Salisbury Cathedral, 1826 by John Constable, The Frick Collection.

This version also includes a figure of the Bishop pointing out the cathedral's spire and the young lady with the parasol is assumed to be one of his daughters.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Out of the Background



Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Grounds, ca. 1825 by John Constable, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This one is a favorite of mine because the cathedral is so clear and detailed.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Another Version



Salisbury Cathedral from Lower Marsh Close, 1820 by John Constable, National Gallery, Washington D.C.

This version was painted after the first one was thought to be "too dark" by the family. The spire is 404 feet tall, the tallest church spire in England. It is a Gothic style structure completed in the 1300's.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Bucolic



Salisbury Cathedral from The River, 1820 by John Constable, National Gallery, London.

Constable painted this work for his friend the Dr. John Fisher, the Bishop of Salisbury and his nephew Archdeacon John Fisher after the Archdeacon was granted the house in the foreground for life.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Max's Journey



Group, ©1963 by Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak Archives, Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia

One of the most popular books of my generation has proven to be among the most imaginative children's books ever written. Where the Wild Things Are is a remarkable story with amazing illustrations.