Getty’s IIIF

The Getty museum has uploaded 30,000 high  digital images onto it’s site for use with ‘IIIF’, which is pronounced ‘triple eye eff’, and stands for International Image Interoperability Framework. It is very handy for art lovers because it allows you to compare on a single screen digital images of works from musems around the world. The video above gives you a demonstration, and you can read more about it here.

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Art and Transformers

Transformers movie ad committee  had come up with a very clever ad to promote its new movie, they  inserted a Transformer figure into a painting at Dulwich Picture Gallery, and filmed the reactions of the visitors. It was just a copy of the original painting, but it was well executed.  I like the idea of surprising visitors, and prompting them to look closer at pictures, making them curious, involved and asking questions about the work.

I really believe in order to make museums more popular we need to make them appealing to the new generation, and combining their passion with art is one of the ways it can be done. Good job Paramount films!

JSTOR – The Art World

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Jstor has a collection of old journals about the Art World that I’ve been reading and finding it fascinating.  It has articles by famous art critics, like Wellington Ruckstukl, and even though most of them are from the early 1900’s , we can find lots of material combining art and mathematics, philosophy, history… making them timeless.   Hope you guys enjoy it: JSTOR Early Journal Content, The Art World

Words By Vincent

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In this documentary every word spoken by the actors is sourced from the letters that Van Gogh sent to his younger brother Theo, and of those around him. What emerges is a complex portrait of a sophisticated, civilized, tormented and yet loving man; someone who can express his deepest and darkest feeling with beauty. 

I always say that a good painting does not need to be explained with words, but Vincent’s letters are as much as his art as his paintings; with his own words Vincent describes his unique perspective of life, his poetic heart, with words he painted his soul.

If you haven’t fallen in love with Vincent yet, I’m sure after watching this you probably will: Vincent Van Gogh: Painted with Words

Public-Domain

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If you, like me, are in e-commerce, one of our main concern is “public-domain” when using work of art images.  ALL of the paintings by the old Renaissance Masters are in the public domain; however, if you are using a photo of a painting, that photo may not be in public domain, even if it is in the internet, and sometimes those photos are protected by a copyright.

Thankfully, in the beginning of this year the Metropolitan Museum of art made its images freely available through New Open Access policy, making our lives a little easier, here is about the policy, and how to obtain those images: Images of Artworks in the Public Domain

 

Work of Art: The Next Great Artist – Training our eyes

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Hi everyone,

There is something I would like to share with you all: I started watching this series called “Work of Art: The next Great Artist” by Bravo, and it’s become evident to me that most of the artists competing have not trained their eyes to good art.

I always tell artists the importance to train their eyes to good art, especially the classical (well-skilled) movements like: Baroque, Renaissance, also Impressionism.  Even if you are an urbanist artist, futurist artist, abstract artist go to the museums of classical art, read books about the great masters, contemplate their work, learn their process, study their techniques; this way you can train your eyes to high skilled art, developing a critical sense of aesthetics,  helping to bring their greatness to your movement, improving your style, and becoming indeed a Great Artist.

 

The ISMS in Art I – RENAISSANCE: Humanism

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Humanism, similar to Renaissance itself, has two main characteristics: first is the revival of interest in art and the values of the Classical world, and the second is the renewed sense of the individual’s ability to understand and change both himself and the world by seeking rational rather than religious aspect of life.

The term “Humanism” was first used in the 14th century to refer to teachers of Roman liberal arts (geometry, grammar, poetry, rhetoric and moral philosophy). Although it was primarily a scholarly movement, Humanism started to provoke a new interest in artists, and gradually beginning the transition from where artists were considered craftsmen to where artists found their inner voices discovering they had significant things to say about the world they so far had only observed.

By emphasisng the importance of reason and rational, Humanism challenged the traditional domination of theology with its elevation of the Divine and prostration of the earthly as sinful and corrupt.  Artists began to represent holiness in ordinary people, portraying the Virgin as a humble girl, God as a merciful senior, bringing Heaven closer to humans.

Humanism was a very scientific movement, they believed in education, they were convinced that the human’s mind could grasp the logical patterns of the universe.  Such reasoning inspired the belief that art could be codified into rules for the purposes of teaching.  This, in turn, led to the founding of art Academies to ensure the correct application of such rules, creating lots of great artist-intellectuals.

Some of the Artists:

  •  Giovanni Bellini
  • Donatello
  • Domenico Ghirlandaio
  • Giorgione
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • Raphael Sanzio
  • Tintoretto
  • Titian

 

 

The ISMS in Art I – RENAISSANCE: Monumentalism

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Monumental art is defined by its physical scale, the breadth of its subject matter and its ambition to be of lasting significance.  During the Renaissance, powerful patrons encouraged the development of monumental art, a trend which continued into the Baroque era.

Pope Julius, initiated the monumentalism of the High Renaissance when he commissioned the architect Bramante to rebuild St. Peters in Rome. With political ambitions the Pope instructed Bramante to design and build something which would dwarf all the most significant monumental buildings of the ancient world, including the Parthenon and the Basilica of Constantine.

Michelangelo also excelled in monumental painting and sculpture.  His frescoes in the Sistine Chapel feature hundreds of nudes arranged into an epic narrative of man’s creation, fall, redemption and judgement.  His giant figures all have heroically muscular bodies.  Michelangelo’s David, the first monumental Renaissance sculpture, measures four meters high and was commissioned as a symbol of the Florentine Republic.

As you can see Renaissance Monumentalism was meant to constitute a grandiose power; by its commissioner and also, and most importantly, by its creator.

Some of the Artists:

  • Leon Battista Alberti
  • Donato Bramante
  • Filippo Brunelleschi
  • Lorenzo Ghiberti
  • Giorgione
  • Hugo Van Der Goes
  • Andrea Mantegna
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • Raffaello Sanzio (Raphael)
  • Tintoretto