Historians like to describe the last two centuries of painting as less of an act and more of a reaction. Impressionism, modernism, surrealism, the whole of abstraction — they’re all a rejection and reinterpretation of the art that came before them; art that embraced formalism and natural beauty, that ennobled the upper classes and exalted sacred icons, that valued composition above all else. In that way, the 60 objects in “Treasures of British Art” are important not just for what they are, but also for what they wrought. They stand as confident “before” shots of Eurocentric art prior to its takeover by folks like Monet, Renoir, Cassatt and, later, Matisse, Picasso, Duchamp, as well as an evolving — and more diverse — list of trailblazers who morphed traditional painting and sculpture into the democratic, anything-goes styles of art that pack museums today.To be sure, the “Treasures” here are not monolithic in nature. They date … [Read more...] about What do royalty, dogs, God and the sea have in common? Denver Art Museum’s newest show, of course.
Medieval art history
Those seeking the picture-postcard fachwerk (half-timbered) vision of Germany usually have to pay a price for the privilege - weaving through hordes of fellow tourists and being overcharged for food and drink. If one knows there to look, however, there are some places that are relatively unsullied, and offer much the same charm, beauty and atmosphere as, say, Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Schwäbisch Hall, located in the north-east of Baden-Württemberg, has been a centre of trade and commerce for well over a thousand years, yet a unique history has meant that a considerable amount of its heritage has managed not to be demolished or rebuilt - much to the delight of visitors. At first it was salt, then a minting industry, that brought ‘Hall’ (as it’s known locally) its fortune. The money pouring in from salt pools and coining was enough to ensure its status as a Free Imperial City for centuries. A wall surrounding the Stadt A large wall was built surrounding … [Read more...] about Weekend Wanderlust: Hidden medieval charms in Schwäbisch Hall
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct Class 12 board examinations for this academic year in the month of February-March 2019. CBSE has published the subject wise syllabus for the students who are preparing for the Class 12 board exams. History, Economics, Sociology, Geography and Political Science are the major subject for Arts or Humanities stream. Here is the detail syllabus of CBSE Class 12 Arts or Humanities stream which students can refer to. History The Class 12 History syllabus focuses on a detailed study of some themes in ancient, medieval and modern Indian history. The object of the curriculum is to study a set of these themes in detail. The course is built on the knowledge that the students have acquired in the earlier classes. The subject History is divided into five parts and 17 units. The first part, Themes in Indian History consist of units 1-4 which is awarded 25 marks. Themes in Indian History, the second part includes units 5 – 9, is of 25 … [Read more...] about CBSE Class 12 Arts Syllabus: History, Economics, Sociology , Geography, Political Science
Multiple times, throughout history, paintings have sold to eager buyers only for them to later discovered they’d purchased a fake. In fact, a museum in France found out that nearly half of its collection was fake and an art dealer in New York admitted to selling 60 forged artworks. A famous portrait of William Shakespeare titled the “Flower portrait” turned out to be a fake. A rare work of art can rack up a hefty price tag. But when some experts estimate that about 20% of paintings owned by major museums may not be authentic, it can be tough to know if what you’re paying for is the real deal. Below we’ve listed some of the most notorious art scams in history where the owners thought they had something authentic but found out their work was forged. A museum in France found out that nearly half of its collection was fake. In 2018, a guest curator working on a grand re-opening at the Terrus museum in Elne, France, noticed that a work claiming to be by … [Read more...] about 10 times famous works of art turned out to be fake
The dental calculus on the lower jaw where a medieval woman entrapped lapis lazuli pigment, seen below center tooth. The semi-precious stone was highly prized at the time for its vivid color and was ground up and used as a pigment. From this discovery, scientists concluded the woman was an artist involved in creating illuminated manuscripts, a task usually associated with monks. (Christina Warinner/Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History via AP) A piece of lapis lazuli. During the European Middle Ages, Afghanistan was the only known source of the rare blue stone which at the time was ground up and used as a pigment. Modern-day scientists who examined the 1,000 year-old remains of a middle-aged woman in Germany discovered the semi-precious stone in the tartar on her teeth. From that, they concluded the woman was an artist involved in creating illuminated manuscripts, a task usually associated with monks. (Christina Warinner/Max Planck Institute for the Science of … [Read more...] about Women and medieval art: ‘This tooth opens a window’