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Mythology in Art: The Abduction of Europa
What began as a story from Roman mythology by the poet Ovid in 8 AD would become the subject of a painting made famous by Titian and Rubens over a millennium later.

Napoleon and Art of the Empire Style
An exhibit currently at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is 'Symbols of Power: Napoleon and the Art of the Empire Style 1800-1815'.

Napoleon and Famous Arches in Paris, France
Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France (1804-1815) commissioned the building of arches in Paris to celebrate his military triumphs; however, one was moved and another had its sculpture replaced.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC has a wonderful outdoor sculpture garden. On any fine weather day, people can be seen around the fountain and surrounding grounds relaxing and observing the sculpture.

National Gallery of Art Washington Blooms With Art
April is cherry blossom time in Washington, DC and the National Gallery of Art blooms with its own special art. References made to masterpieces by Vermeer and Leonardo da Vinci, just to name a few.

Natural and Man Made Organic Art
When you think of Organic art, you might envision pottery, a straw basket or wooden furniture. As Frank Lloyd Wright brought us Organic architecture, the artists Sean Scully, Andy Goldsworthy and Mariana Cook open our eyes to Organic art.

New Orleans - a Celebration of the Arts
Despite the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, I wanted to discuss artists who capture the true spirit of New Orleans, from painter Edgar Degas in the 1870s to photographer Johnny Donnels in the present.

Non-Sustainable vs. Eco-Friendly Art
Artists, like other responsible citizens, must consider the ramifications of large scale art which may become a contaminant to the environment. What defines eco-friendly art?

Origins of the Human Heart in Art
The human heart was symbolically represented in ancient Egypt as well as in a Mesoamerican culture. In the 16th century, Leonardo da Vinci would realistically draw this human organ. I will discuss this evolution.

Pegasus the Winged Horse in Art
Pegasus (in Latin) or Pegasos (in Greek) was a beautiful winged horse that could fly. Its image was reproduced on ancient coins and vessels along with their gods. I'll discuss which art and why.

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