Pieter Bruegel Paints Farts

painter of farts

Is the Flemish Renaissance artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder the only one to paint farts? I would have thought yes, but no, there’s more than a few childish artists out there that have painted farts. Bruegel’s art may not have been as strange as the bizarre worlds created by Hieronymus Bosch but some of his paintings do come close. They don’t get much stranger than his 1562 work The Fall of the Rebel Angels which depicts a scene from that equally nutty piece of literature, the Book of Revelation. Among the farting beasts and fallen angels are all kinds of weird and horrible creatures.Continue Reading

Free Digital Art Books Online

cezanne in the studio ebook

I like free stuff, especially if I don’t have to jump through hoops to get it. The J. Paul Getty Museum has a whole bunch free art books to view online. Hundreds of them! You can read them online or download the pdf files to keep on your computer. Obviously it would be nice to have big shiny hardcover copies of them all delivered to your door for free, but hey, I’m not complaining. At least go and browse the book on Cezanne’s watercolors, that man is a genius. Continue Reading

Leonardo da Vinci Notebook Online

leonardo notebook online

Did you know that you can browse through a notebook by Leonardo da Vinci called the The Codex Arundel online, for free? I have no idea what he has written in it as firstly it’s in Italian and secondly it’s written in his left-handed mirror-writing, but that doesn’t make it any less fascinating to flick through. It’s filled with diagrams, sketches, and instructions for all manner of things. There’s a total of 570 images, all generously shared by the British Library online. It’s not just the Leonardo notebook online, there’s so much more on their Digitised Manuscripts page.Continue Reading

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling Tour Online

sistine chapel by michelangelo

Since I don’t use my passport much anymore, I’m happy to see so much great art being put online. The great museums and art collections of the world should have been online 10 years ago, but it’s better late than never. The Vatican has made themselves useful and decided to share Michelangelo’s great masterpiece with the world online. Their Sistine Chapel ceiling virtual tour makes you feel a little drunk when you first start moving the mouse around but you’ll quickly get used to it. I have never seen the Sistine Chapel in real life but looking at it online makes me think it would be a little underwhelming as the ceiling is so high. Is that the case? Or is it like some of the great mosques that I have seen in Turkey where the ceilings are high but the experience is still mind blowing? Continue Reading

Nicole Kidman & David Beckham Renaissance Pics

For those that haven’t used Adobe Photoshop before, there’s some great examples of what it can do over at Worth1000.com. They are always having all kinds of competitions, but I really like their art related contests.

The digital mischief below is from their Modern Renaissance 8 contest, where the famous people of today are put into old renaissance paintings.Continue Reading

Photoshop Renaissance at Worth1000.com

There’s another interesting Photoshop competition over at Worth1000.com. I love popping by to see their art related challenges that they set for digital artists.
This one is part 6 of the Modern Renaissance, where modern celebrities are given the look of the Renaissance. Here’s a couple favorites..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