Art and Empire attempts to retell the story of Spain’s golden age by highlighting the global exchange of cultures as seen in the empire’s art and its hugely diverse body of subjects.
An exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum demonstrates that though it would seem impossible to replicate El Greco’s gleaming fabrics in real life, Balenciaga manages to do just that.
Non-artists have renamed famous paintings before, and they certainly will again.
Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery, on view in the East Gallery of the Frick Collection, is a gathering of ten paintings analogous to the cohort of masterpieces in the Frick’s adjacent West Gallery. Visitors are left free to consider each as representing a unique, if not significant moment in each artist’s career.
The Met has dedicated an entire room to a prized portrait painted by Diego Velázquez titled “Duke Francesco I d’Este” (1638), on loan from the Galleria Estense in Modena, Italy.
Davide Quagliola (aka Quayola) an Italian digital artist, loves art. He loves his Roman heritage, brimming with Renaissance and Baroque innuendos. And he loves classical images, and the beauty of the algorithm.
Dik F. Liu is a Williamsburg-based artist who has compiled a fascinating list on his Facebook profile page of what he has termed the “Not as Famous – Lesser known relatives of well-known artists.” He has allowed us to publish a number of the gems he’s found. Love triangles, same-sex spouses, illegitimate children, there’s a lot of juicy stuff here.
Contemporary art definitely has its superstars, but art history? For this special day, Spanish painting celebrity and subject of a portrait by Velazquez, King Phillip IV signed autographs in front of his picture on view at the Metropolitan museum.