Ultramarine Blue

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The Romans traded for lapis lazuli which was mined in Afghanistan as it still is today.  They named the stone after its long journey from the east across the Mediterranean “Ultramarine blue” not because it looked like the blue of … Continued

Working From Photos and Other Models

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A new exhibition opening at Bowdoin College centers on the American landscape painter Winslow Homer  use of his camera.  Homer was certainly not alone.  By the late 19th century landscape painters and figure painters like Thomas Eakins had adopted photography … Continued

Ships, Boats, and Harbors

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Beginning in the 17th century we can track many changes in style in Euro-American art history through harbor-scapes. Maritime business success in the 1600s in Holland created a new type of collector. This new merchant class affirmed their status through … Continued

Claude and Constable in Connecticut

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Claude Lorrain makes his way to Rome in the early 1600s where he develops designs and atmosphere which will become a standard for landscape painting for the next 200 years through  American art of the Hudson River School. He influences … Continued

Piecing The Light

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Since antiquity we have gathered sparkling stones and assembled them into sacred objects. Gemstones were thought to have their own inner light and embodied a metaphysical channel to a mystical divine realm. They were therefore used to ornament sacred crowns, … Continued

Motion In Architecture

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The Roman Architect Vitruvius taught us the value of beauty, majesty and authority in architecture.  From Palladio to Thomas Jefferson, he has his fans. Understanding how to describe the psychological experience of this classical architecture when filled with life has … Continued