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A visit to the Cloisters in northwest Manhattan revealed a wide array of monsters in medieval art. Doing a little research, we found that some medieval art was meant to glorify the Crusades, which were a series of military campaigns waged by Christians against non-Christians in the 16th Century. It has been suggested that the monsters in art of this time were meant to depict non-Christian people in an extreme way, as if this would help convince viewers of the righteousness of the Christian campaigns. Click here to see more ...
We take a detailed look at "Wolf and Fox Hunt" (1616) by Peter Paul Rubens. This massive painting, measuring 8 feet tall and over 12 feet wide, has plenty of interesting details that stand on their own, before taking a look at the overall painting. Another interesting thing about this painting is that it does not represent actual hunting techniques, as wolves and foxes are never hunted at the same time, nor would one expect to find wolves and foxes together so that they could be hunted in the exact same location. Rubens was going for high drama, so let's take a look here to see more ...
Can you find 5 things that are different between the two versions of Henri Matisse's painting "The Red Room (Harmony In Red)" that are displayed in this game? After you think you've figured it out, we provide an answer guide so that you can see how well you did.
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It's snowing pretty hard here on this day in January, but the snowflakes seem to be coming down in very soft, fluffy bunches. Wearing a dark coat, I could see them landing softly on my sleeve, and noticed that they remained intact for several seconds before melting into the surface of the coat. I grabbed my camera, and using a "macro photography" approach (taking close-up pictures), I was able to capture the unique design of several snowflakes.
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We look at a number of depictions of Zeus over the centuries, from various artists working in sculpture, painting, and even currency. Some of the examples include Zeus in a Greek red figure vase, Zeus as a colossol sculpture in Turkey, and a surprise flip: George Washington portrayed as Zeus!
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Matisse and Picasso didn't like each other's paintings at first, but they understood that they both challenged and inspired each other. Their relationship could be thought of as a rivalry, a dialogue, or a chess game ... Matisse himself once compared it to a boxing match. Artsology has decided to reinterpret it as a master battle on a tic-tac-toe board!
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An interactive online drawing tool, allowing you to move the Picasso face around the screen, creating a trail of color behind you ... play with it and come up with different designs, and when you're ready to start over, just click the green flag to start with a clear screen. (best played on a desktop computer with a browser that supports Flash)
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We made a few changes to Andrew Wyeth's 1948 painting titled "Christina's World," and want to see if you can determine what six things are wrong with this masterpiece? Click here or on the image to play the game.