Gentileschi & Velazquez: Status in the Art World

Both Artemesia Gentileschi’s Self-portrait as the Allegory of Painting and Diego Velazquez’s Las Meninas send a message to the viewer about their role as a painter in society.[i] [ii] For each of them, it’s clear they wanted to portray their respective status and that they were talented and well-connected.[iii] [iv] For example, in Gentileschi’s self-portrait,Continue reading “Gentileschi & Velazquez: Status in the Art World”

Formal Analysis: Picasso’s “The Old Guitarist”

Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist is oil on panel, and about 48 inches by 32 inches. It was painted between 1903 and 1904 when Picasso was 22 years old. Picasso painted this during the Blue Period of his life. The painting is of an old, fatigued man playing the guitar. The painting is mainly madeContinue reading “Formal Analysis: Picasso’s “The Old Guitarist””

Manet, Muniz & Coping with the Modern World

Artists Edouard Manet and Vik Muniz have proven themselves to be innovative time and time again, and their talent and skills shine in their ability to break from the convention in a modern fashion. This is shown in Edouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergere (1882) and in Vik Muniz’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergere,Continue reading “Manet, Muniz & Coping with the Modern World”

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Legacy of Petrus Christus in the Shadow of Jan van Eyck

For a time, art historians such as Panofsky thought that the work of Petrus Christus was a direct result of Jan van Eyck’s influence.[i] While it is probable that Christus was influenced by Van Eyck, an artist as talented as the former should not go down in history in the shadow of another artist, notContinue reading “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Legacy of Petrus Christus in the Shadow of Jan van Eyck”