The Annunciation, 1437-1446 Fra Angelico Convent of San Marco, Florence, Italy
The Annunciation (the announcement) is that key moment in Christian history when the angel Gabriel appears to Mary and announces that she will give birth to a son by miraculous means.
Fra Angelico, monk and artist of the 15th century, frescoed (meaning painted on wet plaster) The Annunciation, one of the most revered masterpieces of all time. Artists down the centuries have been mightily influenced by this classic work.
600 years later, 2017
Annunciation 2, after Fra Angelico, 2017 David Hockney
David Hockney, the great 80-year-old British artist, reports that during his first year in art school he came upon Fra Angelico’s painting of The Annunciation. He was stunned by its beauty and symmetry. Sixty years later, he is still painting his interpretation of this masterpiece.
1907-1914 Cubism and Picasso astonishes art world
Annunciation, 1934 Roy de Maistre Private collection, Switzerland
Cubism (objects and figures radically fragmented) heavily influenced Australian artist Roy de Maistre in his painting Annunciation.
1961-2030 Pop art transcends to fine art
The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal, 2012 Grayson Perry Woven tapestry in wool, silk, cotton, acrylic and polyester, Currell Collection
Grayson Perry, 60, tackles subjects that are universally human: religion, identity, gender, social status, and sexuality. He tries to deal with them with humor yet with a sense of the sacred.
School of Beauty, School of Culture, 2012 Kerry James Marshall
Could This Be Love, 1992 Kerry James Marshall
Kerry James Marshall
For his large-scale, exuberant paintings, 61-year-old African American artist Kerry James Marshall paints only black people.
The paintings are emotional, bursting with everyday life in riotous colors and love. Even the most staid museum visitors have been seen to kiss in front of them!
Not all his works are of happiness, though — there are funerals, killers, lost boys, anger and grief — but always depicted in bright, bold colors and powerful shapes…and always filled with vibrant spirit!
Gone: An Historical Romance of a Civil War…, 1994 Kara Walker
Black contemporary artist Kara Walker shatters any romantic notion of the South, Civil War or slavery. Walker cuts out huge life-size silhouettes in black paper…nightmarish images of slavery in the Antebellum South.
in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015 Still of panoramic video by Lisa Reihana
Art and history make an explosive and exciting combination! Lisa Reihana, a Māori artist in Auckland, New Zealand, has produced a panoramic video that is irresistible in its storytelling of the encounters between the Polynesians and British Captain James Cook in 1770.
A major installation, sculpture, and video artwork is being featured at the 2017 Venice Biennale, the world’s largest art fair, depicting the profoundly beautiful and cultured Polynesians.
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Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1989 Vincent van Gogh, (1853-1890)
Myth: Van Gogh was a manic, possibly slightly deranged man who just spontaneously threw paint at the canvas.
Truth: He was a very experienced artist (he made 900 paintings in ten years) and doggedly honed his skills. He created very deliberate compositions.
Red Vineyard at Arles, 1888 Vincent van Gogh
Myth: Van Gogh never sold a painting in his lifetime.
Truth: Van Gogh sold ONE painting during his lifetime, Red Vineyard at Arles, to a Russian collector, Sergei Shchukin. This painting now resides at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.
Vincent’s Bedroom in Arles, 1888 Digital version shows what may be the original violet walls.
Myth: In Van Gogh’s beloved painting of his bedroom in Arles, France, the walls were painted blue.
Truth: New high-tech research shatters Van Gogh myth! Van Gogh originally painted the walls of his bedroom a pale lilac, not blue! The reason…purple (lilac) is the complementary color of yellow. He experimented with new pigments. These new pigments, particularly the color red, proved to be unstable and the red pigment disappeared after a short time changing to blue.
The Red Room, 1908 Henri Matisse The Hermitage Museum, Paris
You may feel a surge of joy when you see the ORIGINAL Matisse “The Red Room.” You may be brought to tears. You will certainly be stopped in your tracks.
Perhaps you think you know “The Red Room” from a thousand dorm room posters, but no reproduction can capture the depth of the vermillion wallpaper streaking down right onto the table, the cobalt blue of the sky from the window, the yellows…oh, oh, oh…