Interlocking and Interweaving

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From hair braids to baskets to checkerboards we use designs that interlock and interweave. The basket weave unifies not only the materials but also the basket’s design. There are many interweaving patterns. But, they begin simply with an over-under, in-and-out … Continued

City Perspectives

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Ancient Roman artists painted cities with a three dimensional feeling of space. The allure of layered cities with geometric volume has captivated artists for thousands of years. In the Renaissance Giotto tried building convincing city spaces but, without a firm … Continued

Bruegel’s Zig Zag

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The Renaissance art historian Bernard Berenson claimed that  Lorenzo Lotto’s “St. Nicholas in his Glory” contained his favorite Renaissance landscape (example 1). It occupies only about a quarter of the painting. I found it where Berenson remembers it, in a … Continued