Art Auction in Iran

modern art in iran

The thing that I like most about maintaining Art News Blog is the different art that I see each day. It gets me out of my comfort zone and I look at art that I wouldn’t have otherwise looked at. I couldn’t tell you the name of one famous Iranian artist but that doesn’t stop me from having a browse through an Iranian art auction being held in Tehran on the 28th of this month. Actually I can think of one famous Iranian artist: the photographer Shirin Neshat.. or is she American? I’m pretty sure she was at least born in Iran.Continue Reading

The Many Faces of Mona Lisa

leonardos mona lisa

For the past couple of years I have been collecting Mona Lisa pictures from the internet. I like organizing things into categories and then adding to the collection over time. I have image collections of chairs, stairs, birds, bath tubs, black paintings, white paintings, and so on. It sounds crazy but it’s probably healthier than collecting cats, wives or stamps ;-) Continue Reading

Sylvester Stallone and Marilyn Manson

The Worth1000 website is always an interesting waste of time for me. It’s a site of Photoshop contests, where artists try and out manipulate, blur, cut, transform, and paste each other. It’s people using computer software to change pictures for those that don’t know what Photoshop is.

One of their regular contests is called “Modern Renaissance” which asks contestants to put the celebrities of today into old paintings.Continue Reading

Mona Lisa – Technology Smiling

In an exhibition in Beijing there’s a version of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa done with computer panels and part from computers, titled “Technology Smiling”. Obviously it doesn’t hurt for publicity that the Da Vinci Code movie is creating a lot of interest for all things Leonardo, but I wonder how many times the Mona Lisa painting has been reproduced and/or appropriated by artists?Continue Reading

Monsters in Famous Paintings

Over at the Worth1000 website there was a Photoshop competition where artists were asked to imagine that the renaissance period in art also had monsters and aliens around.
There’s some pretty scary works submitted, and a lot of them are very convincing! One of my favorites was this scary looking Mona Lisa below (Scary Lisa). There’s also Mona Satan and another scary Mona Lisa here.Continue Reading

Leonardo and Mona Lisa

Leonardo Studio Found - (News submitted by Regina)

Experts believe they have discovered the a studio of the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci in the monastery of Santissima Annunziata in the centre of Florence. It’s believed to be the studio where Leonardo met Mona Lisa, but nothing seems to be verified or proven at the moment. “We need to do more research, but these frescoes are very encouraging” said one of the researchers.Continue Reading

The Mona Lisa Smile

I could really relate to this article below on the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. I’ve never enjoyed the big block-buster exhibitions where you have to squeeze through the noisy crowd for a quick glimpse of a painting. They’re so claustrophobic and impersonal, and not unlike trying to meditate in the middle of a busy highway. The best thing about them are the catalogues in the museum stores, where you can take them home and view the works in peace. (Going to them at unusual times or when there is something else more important on, and fewer visitors is another option).Continue Reading

Mona Lisa Painting

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da vinci

Mona Lisa or  La Gioconda by Leonardo da Vinci. Painted in 1503–1506.
77 x 53 cm or 30 x 21 inches
Located at The Louvre in Paris, France.Continue Reading