Why is art important? Well, for difficult questions like that we often turn to Albert Einstein, the smartest person we can think of. Here’s what he had to say: “Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.” Okay, we’re not 100% sure what he meant by that, but we do like it, and we hope it inspires you to learn from One Day U’s art professors below.
The Art World Today
The Pandemic certainly had a big impact on the art world. Museums, galleries and art fairs worldwide postponed their shows because of the outbreak, and many have created virtual exhibitions. Slowly we are returning to normal, but it’s a “new normal,” as Tina Ryan, Assistant Curator at the Buffalo AKG Art Museum, explains in this Special Report:
He Invented a New Way to Paint
When Leonardo da Vinci created The Last Supper on the wall of the dining room of the Dominican Convent of Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan over 500 years ago, he literally needed to invent an entirely new way to paint. So, he did – and the finished product is considered one of the great masterpieces of all time. Learn more from U Toronto professor Kenneth Bartlett.
The Proportions Were Wrong – On Purpose
The Pietà, completed in 1499, is the only sculpture that Michelangelo ever signed. It depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother after the crucifixion. The figures are intentionally out of proportion because of the difficulty of depicting a full-grown man cradled full-length in a woman’s lap. Columbia Professor Denise Budd provides details.
Starry Night (Painted During the Day)
For a full year in 1889-90, Vincent Van Gogh painted from two rooms in the Saint-Rémy-de-Provence asylum in southern France. In fact, he created many of his most notable works there, including one of his most famous. Starry Night was painted there in a series of daytime sessions, according to Temple U professor Matthew Palczynski.
How Paintings Talk
The detail that Rembrandt included in his remarkable paintings is legendary, including his ability to reflect when someone is speaking, and someone is listening. Tina Ryan, who provided the Special Report earlier in this newsletter, explains.
He Made Them Dangerous
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, along with Guernica, is arguably Picasso’s most famous work. It depicts a group of French prostitutes and took a full year and dozens of drafts in different forms to complete. The finished painting depicts its subjects with a series of hard and dangerous edges–a very different look than where he began. Here’s U South Carolina Professor, Bradford Collins, to tell us more.
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