Winter Snowscapes

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1565 found Pieter Bruegel in his studio painting one of the earliest snow landscapes recorded in Europe (example 1). He was painting each of the seasons, a topical idea at the time.  A century later Poussin would repeat the theme … Continued

Approaching Infinity

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Depicting Infinity across time and cultures often emerges as a circle. Before European contact Aztec depictions of the Cosmos and calendar (example 1) appear as circles within circles even as they circumscribe other geometric patterns.  6000 years ago one of … Continued

Tapestry Into Painting

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In Vienna toward the close of the 19th century artists like Gustav Klimt found decorative patterns as a new muse. Eventually, this fascination blossomed into the Jugenstil, or new style (the art nouveau).  For source materials Klimt looked to the … Continued