ringlunatic: (Art!DaVinci was a Trekkie)
The workshop on Friday about "How to make 17th century paint and paintings was absolutely amazing! We made our own paint and learned how the painters worked. We even tried it ourselves, with a little detail of a much larger painting (I can't find a pic of the original at the moment). This is mine:

I rather like it, actually. But I definitely have a new and much bigger respect for painters. I was dressed like a Rembrandt when I came back, more like some very modern artwork or a Pollock ;)
ringlunatic: (Art!DaVinci was a Trekkie)
It always makes me unreasonable sad, when people have never seen certain artworks that are so clearly in the canon of Brilliant Art That Everyone Must See/Know.

I mean, how can you not know this one:

It's used an awful lot in books as well.

(I went to a Caspar David Friedrich exhibition a couple of weeks ago in Amsterdam. It was so beautiful! It talked mainly about German landscapes and how before Friedrich it was mainly German painters who painted Italian landscapes and through Friedrich they sort of discovered the beauty of their own country. It had amazing examples.)
ringlunatic: (Eddie Izzard!History)
Now it's time for a little (art)history! Click the pics for slightly bigger ones. Sorry for the .png files, but I'm at uni and can't change that until I'm at home again much later today.


This is the first image of New YorkAmsterdam.

Looks a bit depressing, huh? But this is how it really looked like, drawn from a ship in 1647.

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ringlunatic: (Art!DaVinci was a Trekkie)
Looking at beautiful art can act as a painkiller

Beauty is truth, the English romantic poet John Keats once wrote, but according to the latest scientific research it is also a painkiller.

Looking at a beautiful piece of art has long been said to have the power to heal emotional wounds but the new research also claims it offers a distraction from physical pain.

The research carried out by the University of Bari in Italy could help vindicate hospitals who are accused of wasting money on art and decor as it suggests a pleasant environment helps patients overcome discomfort and pain.

A team headed by Professor Marina de Tommaso at the Neurophysiopathology Pain Unit asked a group of men and women to pick the 20 paintings they considered most ugly and most beautiful from a selection of 300 works by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli.

They were then asked to contemplate either the beautiful paintings, or the ugly painting, or a blank panel while the team zapped a short laser pulse at their hand, creating a sensation as if they had been pricked by a pin.

The subjects rated the pain as being a third less intense while they were viewing the beautiful paintings, compared with when contemplating the ugly paintings or the blank panel.

Electrodes measuring the brain's electrical activity also confirmed a reduced response to the pain when the subject looked at beautiful paintings.

While distractions, such as music, are known to reduce pain in hospital patients, Prof de Tommaso says this is the first result to show that beauty plays a part.

The findings, reported in New Scientist, also go a long way to show that beautiful surroundings could aid the healing process.

"Hospitals have been designed to be functional, but we think that their aesthetic aspects should be taken into account too," said the neurologist who published her findings in the paper Aesthetic Value of Paintings (And) Affects on Pain Thresholds.

"Beauty obviously offers a distraction that ugly paintings do not. But at least there is no suggestion that ugly surroundings make the pain worse.

"I think these results show that more research is needed into the how a beautiful environment can alleviate suffering."

The 12 volunteers, six female and six male, were picked randomly from the student body at the university and were aged between 22 and 38. They were asked to choose their favourite paintings from the website http://wwar.com/artists/.

Pictures they liked included Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh and Botticellis Birth of Venus. Pictures they found ugly included works by Pablo Picasso, the Italian 20th century artist Antonio Bueno and Columbian Fernando Botero.

One of the problems with the study for those wishing to reduce pain is the subjective nature of beauty.

Edvard Munch's The Scream was deemed by some people as beautiful.

"These people were not art experts so some of the pictures they found ugly would be considered masterpieces by the art world," said Prof de Tommaso.


Interesting. I only can't understand why people would find Picasso (okay, maybe depending on the work. I know lots of people don't really like the really abstract stuff), Bueno and Botero's work ugly.
ringlunatic: (Art?)
Rodin Thinker Found After Dutch Heist

THE HAGUE, Jan. 22, 2007
—A Rodin Thinker, one of seven bronze statues stolen from the garden of the Singer Laren Museum near Amsterdam last week, was found badly damaged on Jan. 19, police said.

The statue, the only one of the seven yet to be recovered, will be returned to the museum as soon as it is allowed by the authorities conducting the investigation.

Dutch police arrested two men on Jan. 18 in connection with the theft of the statues a day earlier. The thieves smashed through the museum's garden fence with a vehicle Wednesday and ignored iron statues, indicating they may have been after the bronze for their value as metal.

The museum said the statues cannot be sold on the commercial art market as they are well documented. It did not disclose their value.

The museum is in the former home of late U.S. artist and steel heir William Singer.

Copyright 2007 Agence France-Presse

They only wanted to steal it because it was made out of bronze, and it's 90 kilogrammes would have been worth around €450,-. The statue, however, is insured for a price of €1,000,000.- and the last sold copy of the same statue was worth twice as much. And now this one is in a very bad state because of a lousy €450,-. His rightleg and leftarm have disappeared, his torso and head are covered in deep cuts and his head has turned around because of the heath of the idiots "work". It has lost all it's worth now, and I'm not speaking of it's money value, but of it's artistic value. People like that should be locked away.

Also, seriously... who DOESN'T know The Thinker by Rodin and could have vaguely assumed it was probably worth a little more than the bronze-price alone? At least then it would still be in one piece!


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