The Metropolitan Museum of Art Opens Up with 400,000 Images Online

The Metropolitan Museum of Art digital images

This is such a great way to lose an hour or two online! The Metropolitan Museum of Art has grown its image archive online by 400,000. The museum is allowing free access to the images and free non-commercial use. They’ll be Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) which means they’re freely available to use for scholarly and academic publication. My only question is what took you so long? It’s 2014!Continue Reading

Rembrandt Landscapes at the Städel Museum

rembrandt self portrait

I’m trying to think of something to say about Rembrandt’s landscapes but I’m struggling to think at all as I’m on day 2 of giving up coffee, sugar, meat, alcohol and anything that tastes good! I have a pounding headache. So, just enjoy looking at the pictures of Rembrandt’s landscape etchings..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

Rembrandt’s Apostle James Makes $25 Million

A rare Rembrandt painting from the later part of his life recently sold for $25.8 million USD at Sotheby’s in New York. The previous record for the artist was $28.7 million back in 2000.

From the catalogue at Sotheby’s
Alongside his last self-portraits, Rembrandt’s late religious pictures, of which this is the only example left in private hands, are the artist’s most significant body of work from the final decade of his life. They bear all the hallmarks of his late style; monumentality, thickly constructed layers of paint, use of colour to create tone, and above all a depth of psychological penetration that far exceeds his earlier work, and which remained unmatched in Western art for at least another two hundred years.”Continue Reading

Anatomy, Art, and Life

I have been watching a fascinating, yet disturbing program on television the past couple weeks. The first week I watched it, I was dizzy and almost felt sick, but I couldn’t look away.

It’s called Anatomy for Beginners, with Dr Gunther von Hagens doing the dissecting of the bodies and pathologist Professor John Lee (nicknamed the “Walt Disney of Death”) explaining how we work in health and in disease. Gunther is pictured to the left holding the skin of the corpse that he just peeled off.Continue Reading

Robert Hughes on Rembrandt

There’s an interesting article over at the New York Review of Books by Robert Hughes about the Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn. Hughes christens Rembrandt the first real “God of Realism” after Caravaggio. Not because his work is realistic like a photograph, but real like everyday life.Continue Reading

The Night Watch Painting

the nightwatch by rembrandt van rijn

The Night Watch by famous Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn. Painted in 1642.
Also called The Shooting Company of Frans Banning Cocq
363 x 437 cm or 142 x 172 inches
Oil on Canvas
Located at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.Continue Reading