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Saving Wyland’s Famous Whaling Wall Mural
The marine artist known simply as Wyland completed his 100th in a series of Whaling Wall murals in Beijing, China for the 2008 Olympics. Now some of his sea life murals in the U.S. are endangered.
Science Reveals Mystery of Michelangelo
Michelangelo’s studies for the Sistine Chapel Ceiling have revealed the presence of under-drawing. I’ll discuss how science has addressed the mystery of whether restorers have reworked art by the ‘divine one’.
Sculptor Bela L. Pratt – Boston Public Library
Bela L. Pratt may not be a household name like Bella Swan, the character from the ‘Twilight’ series, but this Boston sculptor was an important artist during the early 20th century. I’ll discuss his accomplishments and acquaintances.
Sculpture: From Ancient Egypt to Modern Times
Even though sculpture dates back to prehistoric times, Egyptian sculpture is probably the best known. I also discuss nineteenth and twentieth century sculpture and how it was influenced by earlier civilizations.
Secrets Behind the Paintings – Artist Muses
Many artists are known to have used family, friends, and loves as the models for their paintings. I will discuss Renoir, Picasso and others to reveal the 'secrets behind the paintings'.
Sharing & Collecting Art Books – Taschen & Beyond
You may be an art lover who enjoys reading about your favorite artist or art topic. I’ll share the availability and sharing of art books –library hotels, libraries gone mobile, & collecting Taschen.
Shooting Elephants in Wild with Camera not Guns
I have always considered African elephants to be the ‘gentle giants’ in the animal kingdom. After seeing extraordinary photos by Nick Brandt, I wanted to bring awareness to the demand (still) for ivory goods, causing the demise of these magnificent animals.
Statue of Liberty Monument – Symbol of Freedom
Since 1886, immigrants from abroad have seen the iconic Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor as their first sign of freedom. Let’s not forget the principles that have made the US a free society.
Stolen Art -- The Scream
I discuss the theft of "The Scream" by Edvard Munch and possible reasons why it wasn´t insured.
Stolen Art – Recovered & Lost Treasures
Not only is stolen art a financial loss to an individual or institution, but a great loss to the public at large. I’ll explain the reasons why and cite some examples such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist in 1990.
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