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Posts Tagged ‘art history’


How art can help you analyze

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

We happened upon this interesting video, which explains why art historical training can prepare you for real world investigation.


A survey of art history in one image

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

How many famous art works can you identify in this composite photgraph by Lluis Barba? It measures 72 x 92 inches and is titled Gallery of Views of Modern Rome, Giovanni Paolo Pannini, from 2012. It may be a bit difficult to identify many of the famous artworks due to the scale of this image, but I can tell you it includes works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Koons, Warhol, Grant Wood, and Renoir, among many others. Bonus points if you can spot the two Guiseppe Arcimboldos …

a photograph which includes reproductions of art by Picasso, Renoir, Warhol, Koons, Arcimboldo, and many others


More LOL Cats for the Art World

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

We’ve made a few LOL Cats for the art world in the past, so we thought we’d try it again. This one shows the danger of studying the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch too closely.

LOLcat who likes Hieronymus Bosch


Using Star Wars to teach Art History?

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

As I downloaded the iPad app of Angry Birds Star Wars last night, I thought “wouldn’t it be cool if I could use Star Wars characters to help get kids interested in art history?” It seems that I’m not the first to think of using Star Wars characters in art historical modes, as evidenced by John Mattos‘ awesome reinterpretation of Marcel Duchamp’s masterpiece Nude Descending a Staircase, using C-3PO.

using Star Wars' C-3PO as Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase, by John Mattos

Then I thought, maybe I can make up my own Star Wars character in a famous painting, and thought of Princess Leia as Mona Lisa … but then found that someone had already done that (below left, artist unknown). I’ve also been scooped on using Darth Vader, as I found him in a version of Leonardo’s Last Supper and as a replacement for George Washington in a take-off on George Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emmanuel Leutze (1851). Oh well, even though I didn’t come up with them myself, they’re still fun to see.

Princess Leia as Mona Lisa, and Darth Vader in the Last Supper and as George Washington


Name That Study (for a Masterpiece of Art History)

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

This rough sketch may not look like much, but it was a study for a painting that became not only a masterpiece but one of the most important works of modern art. Can you name the artist and the title of the eventual masterpiece? If so, send your guesses here.

oil on canvas study for Demoiselles d'Avignon by Pablo Picasso


A LOL Frog and a LOL Cat

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

These animals apparently have some art world opinions:

art history humor with Lolcats


Art for Women on the Slopes

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

I got a Burton Fall/Winter catalog in the mail today, and while I don’t do much snowboarding myself (I prefer downhill skiing), I was curious to browse through the catalog. I noticed they had a section for women’s snowboards – to be honest, I didn’t think snowboards would have a need to be gender-specific, as far as construction, but perhaps this was just the thought of snowboard designs for women. If so, look at what some of the options are … art history, or housewives from the 1950’s, with their faces painted out John Baldessari-style.

I don’t want to give the impression that they didn’t have cool and funky designs for women, as you can see here, they do. But I wonder why they restrict the art historical boards, with the Mona Lisa at left and the 2nd one – is it Fragonard? – next to it, to be included only in the women’s group? What if I wanted to ride a little art history down the slopes? How about a Picasso minotaur board, or a Salvador Dali melting clock board? Burton, take some notes …

art historical designs and 1950's housewives on Burton snowboards


Art history equation

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

I know it’s unseasonably warm for mid-March, but parents, tell your kids to keep their clothes on! Painting of cupid is a detail from a painting titled “Venus and Cupid” by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553).

Venus and Cupid by Lucas Cranach the Elder


Internet memes in art history

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

It came to our attention today that someone started creating art historical images of the “Pepper Spray Cop,” who in real life is Lt. John Pike, the U.C. Davis campus police officer who pepper-sprayed passive student protesters recently. One such example is the image at right, where Pike is pepper-spraying Christina from “Christina’s World,” a famous painting by Andrew Wyeth. You can see a collection of them here and also a Tumblr blog collecting them here.

We’re wondering if we can take any credit for the idea of putting an internet meme in art history, since we put the “Creepin’ A-Rod” internet meme into art historical paintings back on October 22nd …?

pepper spray cop

Pepper Spray Cop in Christina's World, made by Brady Hall.



An Art History Class in One Music Video

Friday, October 14th, 2011

How many famous paintings can you identify in this music video, as recreated by the band “Hold Your Horses” …? What a brilliant and well-done concept!


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