Welcome to the February 1, 2011 edition of art history carnival! Thank you to everyone who participated in this issue – there is some fabulous stuff here. We have everything from a reminder that artists – whether painters or film directors – tend to take liberties with the details of history, to a fascinating debate over the meaning and subject matter of Giorgione’s The Tempest. So, pour yourself a cup of tea, and prepare to spend a while reading!
Giorgione’s The Tempest (seen above) seems to have captured the imagination of a number of art history bloggers this month, including Gina Collia-Suzuki. who raises a number of questions about the painting in her post The Tempest, by Giorgione posted at The Perplexed Palette.
But it doesn’t end there! H Niyazi examines the painting from an historical perspective in his post, which explores the turbulent historical background of the early 1500s, and discusses its impact on some iconic works of Venetian Renaissance art, including Giorgione’s ‘Tempest’ and Carpaccio’s ‘Portrait of a Knight’” in Giorgione, Carpaccio and the Siege of Padua posted at Three Pipe Problem
Have you ever heard of Hubert Van Eyck? I’m sorry to say that, prior to reading the following post, I hadn’t! Hubert has been rather forgotten by the art world, thanks to the larger than life image of his brother Jan. Monica Bowen delves into the history of the Van Eyck brothers in Jan and Hubert Van Eyck: What I wish we knew posted at Alberti’s Window.
Have you ever wondered why paintings of historical events include figures directly staring at the viewer? Monica Bowen looks to Renaissance scholar Leon Battista Alberti for the answer in historia paintings: here’s looking at you, kid posted at Alberti’s Window
David Packwood takes us on a journey into the Venetian Renaissance, and the work of Tintoretto, as recounted by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood’s talismanic advocate John Ruskin in Ruskin & Tintoretto posted at Art History Today
Dr. Frank DeStefano prefaces the work of John V. Fleming, exploring the sacred symbolism in Giovanni Bellini’s ‘St Francis in the Desert’” in his post entitled The sacred symbolism of Giovanni Bellini posted at Three Pipe Problem
One of the biggest challenges for art historians who researching female artists is that women’s artwork has often been lost in the pages of history. Susan Benford helps remind us of the work done by one accomplished 17th century artist in Famous Painters: Judith Leyster posted at Famous Paintings Reviewed – An Art History Blog. Susan has also done a fascinating post featuring the work of portraitist Lavinia Fontana in Famous Paintings: Portrait of a Noblewoman posted at Famous Paintings Reviewed – An Art History Blog.
Vicky Alvear Shecter contemplates Jean Leon-Gerome’s ‘Pollice Verso’ – the painting that inspired generations of historical film makers, and cemented a popular misconception about the ‘thumbs down’ gesture in gladiatorial combat – in Gladiators: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? posted at History with a Twist
H Niyazi presents ModernARTization at the World Economic Forum posted at The Tait Global, saying, “The globetrotting Liv Tait spends some creative quality time with Damien Hirst and recounts the fascinating proceedings of the recent ModerARTization panel at the World Economic Forum.”
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Giorgione’s The Tempest courtesy Wikimedia