Late afternoon light on architecture like a Hopper painting

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There was something about this rooftop structure and the way the late afternoon light was hitting it that brought to mind Edward Hopper’s painting “Lighthouse Hill,” from 1927 (see inset). Both structures – the rooftop apartment in NYC and the house in Hopper’s painting – are getting late afternoon light from the southwest, with dark […]

Assumption of the Virgin in Leatherhead, UK?

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Seeing this satellite image of Leatherhead (below left), a town in Surrey, England, the white shape caught my eye, and brought to mind an image of the Assumption of the Virgin, with an arm raised, wearing a flowing dress and robe. What do you think? Below right is The Assumption of the Virgin, 1670, by […]

Famous photographs recreated with Play-Doh and photographed again

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I recently happened upon the work of Eleanor Macnair, who has been re-creating famous photographs in Play-Doh for the past few years. Part of her drive in making these artworks is to make art historical images more accessible to the general public, and the use of Play-Doh helps demystify the art and make it feel […]

Recognizing the interior in an Edward Hopper painting

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I saw this painting by Edward Hopper on my recent visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art. It’s titled “New York Interior,” circa 1921, and is described on the Whitney wall label as an “enigmatic indoor scene” with an “unconventional view of a woman sewing.” But what grabbed my attention was the interior itself, […]

Finding and photographing my own Georgia O’Keeffe

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When I was in St. John recently, there was some variety of palm tree outside of our rental house that had some blooming flowers on it. I’m not a botanist, so I’m just guessing here, but from an image search it appears this tree might have been a “bottle palm,” or for those who prefer […]

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 […]

Viewing art of the underwater type

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I’ve been on a brief hiatus from posting to the Artsology blog due to spending a fantastic 5 days on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I did a lot of snorkeling on this trip, enjoying all of the sights one can see while swimming alongside coral and tropical fish. It’s […]