Elisabeth-Louise-Vigee-Lebrun, Self Portrait with a Straw Hat

Arts Everyday Living: Inside the Self Portrait—A Royal Friendship

Reposted blog.   An affectation which artists, art-lovers and persons of taste have been united in condemning, and which finds no precedent among the Ancients, is that in SMILING Madame Vigee-Le Brun shows her teeth.* Memoires Secrets, 1787, court scandal sheet   Although French artist Elisabeth Louise Vigee-Le Brun’s glamorous self portrait of 1782 shown […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Escaping Isolation through Art Circles–Sharing Landscapes–Update

Would you like to join our ART CIRCLE virtually via this blog?  Usually I lead a participatory art series in the local community and one of our most popular sessions focuses on landscapes created by a variety of  artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, John Constable, Claude Monet, and Vincent van Gogh.  We explore their often panoramic […]

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Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Reading—Visionary Librarian & A Link to Dali?

Reposted blog.      THE ART OF READING A LINK TO DALI? Would you like to make the acquaintance of The Librarian or Wolfgang Lazius, director of the Imperial library circa 1562?  Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s quasi-human portrait of this prominent bibliophile and scholar is constructed of printed treasures: the hair literally an open book, topping a […]

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