Lessons From Rembrandt

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This past week brought me to a variety of Edinburgh’s  national museums and galleries where I twice visited a retrospective of Rembrandt’s work. He explored landscapes in addition to his portraits. The Dutch 17th century was century of landscape innovation … Continued

Momentum II, Update

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Here is a follow-up to a previous blog post “Momentum”. Da Vinci demonstrated the motion of a horse in his sketches. By the 1877 Edweard Muybridge had begun his experiments demonstrating motion with photography. Soon after Thomas Eakins would do … Continued


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While fireworks were an invention of Tang Dynasty China in the 9th century they took a while to get to Europe. But, by the time Claude Monet was a young experimenting impressionist in the 1860s he had seen varieties of … Continued

Under Construction

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Artists painting architecture can be found on the walls of Pompeii. The Roman architect Vitruvius wrote the canonical treatise on architecture celebrated to the present.  His fans included Palladio and Thomas Jefferson. Reconstructing classical architecture and geometry has been a … Continued

Reverberations through Touch

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In 1888-89 Van Gogh experimented with color contrasts applied in a pattern of touches (example 1) versus large continuous blended areas that had been the tradition in landscape painting. He was not alone. In Italy since the 1860s Macchiaioli landscape … Continued

Abstract Nature

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Many of our ideas for abstracting nature evolved from our efforts to redesign and perfect it. We build Edens, Paradises, and gardens of perfection through distillation and reduction. Long ago Japanese gardeners worked to rebalance and redesign nature to create … Continued