Fashion and art similarities 400 years apart

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I really enjoyed a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art last Saturday, and as I’m looking through the pictures I took of favorite art works, I’m finding some interesting comparisons between wildly different objects, such as the painting by Hans Holbein the Younger next to a baseball card, as I noted in my last […]

Funerary Urns from Rome, Japan, and Prince

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I saw an article in the NY Times the other day that was a one year follow-up to the death of Prince, and the image accompanying the article showed the urn that holds his ashes. As can be expected with something from Prince, it’s not your ordinary funerary urn; it’s a model-sized reproduction of his […]

John Langley Howard repurposed for current political art

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I saw this street art poster (below left) in New York City back in November, and the message of “immigrants work, immigrants vote” was clearly related to the presidential election. But the image stuck in my mind, because I knew I had seen it somewhere before … and then I remembered, it’s from one of […]

Cezanne et Moi, the film

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I saw a movie ad in the Sunday Times with the headline: “A ravishing historical biopic!” It showed two men walking across a field, with the film title “Cezanne et Moi.” The movie details the lifelong friendship between the painter Paul Cézanne and Émile Zola, one of France’s most successful novelists. I ripped out the […]

Wearing a farmers’ market on your head

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I found these two unusual watercolor illustrations on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Collections” page, and they’re described as “Fantastic Hairdresses with Fruit and Vegetable Motifs.” They’re both by an unknown 18th Century French artist. It’s hard to imagine what these drawings were for, other than fantasy images, since the way they’re depicted suggests an […]

French fashion from the 1830s inspires the Rescue Heroes?

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I was looking through the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s online collections when I noticed this anonymous 19th Century French fashion drawing, below left. The exaggerated body type of the man: massive shoulders, tiny waist and legs, and big feet instantly brought back memories of the Rescue Heroes action figures that my kids used to play […]