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Acts of Vandalism - Damaged Works of Art
From unintended accidents to deliberate acts of destroying works of art, vandalism is found even in the best of the world’s art museums.
Albrecht Dürer - German Renaissance Artist
Albrecht Dürer was undoubtedly the greatest Northern European Renaissance artist in the late 15th century. Best known for his woodcut prints with religious and mythological themes, he also wrote books on geometry and human proportions.
America's 'Mona Lisa' - 'Genevra de' Benci'
Leonardo da Vinci is best known for his painting the 'Mona Lisa' but there is another portrait of a woman who is not as well known, even though she resides in the U.S - Genevra de' Benci.
American Author John Updike - Essays on Art
John Updike’s book 'Always Looking' was written posthumously in 2012. Best known for his fiction and reviews, these 'Essays on Art' are an honest approach to art by an author I most admire. I’ll discuss the author himself and the art exhibits mentioned in the book.
Amsterdam Celebrates 400th Anniversary & Museums
The canal district of Amsterdam in the Netherlands celebrates 400 years in 2013. The Rijksmuseum has undergone ten years of renovation and restoration. I’ll discuss the major museums of Amsterdam.
Ancient Columns & Greek Revival Architecture
Temples were built in ancient Greece using three orders of columns. Wanting to emulate this style, Thomas Jefferson was the architect of neo-classical buildings in the United States.
And Yet Another Rembrandt Self Portrait
As it is difficult for any two art experts to agree on the actual number of Rembrandt self portraits, a painting dated 1665 from the Kenwood House, London will travel outside of Europe for the first time in 2012.
Andrew Wyeth - Much Adieu About Christina & Helga
The American artist Andrew Wyeth is best known for ´Christina´s World´ and the Helga series. Have critics been unfair in evaluating Wyeth´s work?
Angels in Art - US Postage Stamps
The first US postage stamps were issued in 1847: Benjamin Franklin on a five cent stamp and George Washington on a ten cent stamp. The first angel (a weathervane of an angel holding a trumpet) appeared in 1965 on the US Christmas stamp. Other angel stamps would follow in subsequent years.
Architecture: Hagia Sophia Museum, Turkey
As one of the architectural wonders of the world, the Hagia Sophia faces structural damage and neglect. Why is it important to save this former mosque?
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