Building Arches and Avenues

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Artists of the 18th century toyed with the imaginative uses of linear perspective.  From Piranesi to Canaletto to Hogarth, artists built believable architectural spaces testing the limits of linear perspective. For example, Piranesi described domes, cylindrical buildings and complex fantasy … Continued

Waves and Distant Shores

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In the 17th Century the Dutch enjoyed a golden age in commerce and art. Rembrandt  contributed importantly to this period.  He explored new ideas in painting and printmaking.  Among his experiments were new compositions for landscapes such as example 1. … Continued

Challenge Your Skills

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NPR recently reported on studies in creativity as presented in recent TED talks. One interesting discovery was that artists (musicians, painters etc) can fall into comfortable repeated patterns relying on unchallenged skills for success.  But, by challenging those patterns and … Continued