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French Emperor Napoleon I – Power, Art, & Bees
Best known for his military achievements, Napoleon I expanded the Louvre and redecorated his residence at the Tuileries Palace. I’ll explain why he chose bees to adorn his clothing and furnishings.
From Commercial Artist to Celebrity - Warhol
Some commercial artists (ex: Warhol) have gained celebrity status in the industries of art or music. I will discuss those artists who may not have taken a brush to canvas, but instead used pencil/pen on paper, or created their work electronically to create iconic art.
Funerary Art in World’s Most Visited Cemetery
The Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France is one of the most famous cemeteries in the world because of its celebrated occupants and artistic tombs.
Gardner Museum: Largest Art Theft in U.S. History
It has been 15 years since the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston was robbed of 13 valuable works of art by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Degas and others.
George Washington – His Life Through Art
To those who ask, 'Do We Need Art?' my answer is yes. One reason is before the age of cameras we have only the written word and artistic renderings of people/historical events that came before us. I'll discuss significant paintings of our first president, George Washington.
George Washington Credited With Thanksgiving
George Washington is responsible for proclaiming ‘a day of public thanksgiving’ in 1789. I will discuss Gilbert Stuart’s portraits of the first president of the United States.
Giacometti Sculpture Sells For $104.3 Million
What makes a work of art so unique that it sells for the highest amount paid to date? What sculpture sold for this unprecedented amount and to whom?
Goya & Wyeth Exhibit at MFA Boston
A Goya exhibit at the MFA Boston highlights paintings, drawings, and prints by the 19th c Spaniard. Also, American realist artist Jamie Wyeth exhibits some of his finest works. I’ll discuss my impressions from my visit.
Great Wave Tsunami in Asian Art
Due to the devastation in 2004 by the tsunami in South Asia, and the tsunami in 2011 in Japan, I will focus on a woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai.
Gustav Klimt – His Golden Phase in Art
In the 20th century, artist Gustav Klimt would be inspired by: Italian mosaics, Byzantine art, and Sigmund Freud. I will discuss his paintings of Adele Bloch-Bauer and others.
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