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Treasures from Portuguese Museums, I


Adelino Lyon de Castro, Sem Destino, 1953

(Museu do Chiado – MNAC. Photo: Luisa Oliveira)



Three portrait details from the St. Vincent Panels, attributed to Nuno Gonçalves, 1460s

(Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. Photos: José Pessoa)


The prophet Isaiah, somewhat entangled in scrip, from St. Matthew the Evangelist and the Prophet Isaiah, António Vaz, 1550s

(Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. Photo: José Pessoa)


A rather stunned-looking couple, as well they might be, from Hieronymous Bosch, The Temptation of St. Anthony, c.1505-1506

(Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. Photo: José Pessoa)

All images ©Instituto dos Museus e da Conservação, I.P. / Ministério da Cultura

Images taken from the rather excellent MatrizPix.


Written by Dave Lovely

August 1, 2009 at 8:34 pm

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Immortal longings

painting by Guido Cagnacci, The Death of Cleopatra, 1658

Cleopatra: …The stroke of death is as a Louers pinch, Which hurts, and is desir’d. Dost thou lye still? If thus thou vanishest, thou tell’st the world, It is not worth leaue-taking.

Charmian: Dissolue thicke clowd, & Raine, that I may say The Gods themselues do weepe.

Guido Cagnacci, The Death of Cleopatra, 1658

Written by Dave Lovely

May 17, 2009 at 12:47 pm

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Cranach Magnified


Cranach Magnified, a project of the Getty Museum, “allows you to investigate the refined painting technique of Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553) and his workshop by comparing zoomable macroscopic details from different paintings side by side.”

Here are two magnified lions, one from the Getty’s A Faun and His Family with a Slain Lion of about 1526, and the other from the Courtauld Institute‘s Adam and Eve, painted in the same year.

two lions

By zooming in closer, you can see in detail the bloody muzzle of one, and the beady eye of the other.

detail of lion from A Faun and his Family with a Slain Lion, ca. 1526detail of lion from Adam and Eve, 1526

Quite apart from its usefulness for Cranach scholars, playing about with this is a lot of fun, so I suggest you imitate the tiny running figure (who can just be seen, as a speck on the road to the left of the faun’s wife’s head, in A Faun and his Family with a Slain Lion, and get yourself over to the Getty as fast as your legs (or your browser) can carry you.

Written by Dave Lovely

February 15, 2009 at 11:16 am

People Reading

New York attorney and bibliophile Donald Oresman and his wife, Patricia, began in 1974 to focus their art collection upon images of people reading. That year, they saw Jim Dine’s portrait of his wife, Nancy, reading and bought it. A few weeks later they came across Larry Rivers’ portrait of the poet Frank O’Hara reading. “Something clicked,“ Oresman would write. “Readers became the focus from then on.”

People Reading: Selections from the Collection of Donald and Patricia Oresman

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via Wessel & Lieberman, via del.icio.us/sarahhollenbeck

Written by Dave Lovely

June 28, 2008 at 11:17 pm

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Change and decay

“…And the prize for the image that best sums up the state of this blog goes to…”

Lori Nix, “Library”, from The City

Lori Nix Photography, via neko at ffffound!, who spotted it here.

Written by Dave Lovely

February 14, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Posted in art, libraries, Photography

The Writer’s Brush

Ongoing at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery in New York, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by a long list of writers who were (or are) also artists, including Walter Abish, John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop, Jorge L. Borges, Douglas Coupland, Jim Crace, E.E. Cummings, Lawrence Durrell, Günter Grass, Jonathan Lethem, William Saroyan, Kurt Vonnegut, and more….

The exhibition is based on Donald Friedman’s book The Writer’s Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers, published this month by Mid-list Press.

Written by Dave Lovely

September 26, 2007 at 1:14 pm

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…but perfectly-formed – the lumen art pool on Flickr:

flora - lumen art print

image by SEngstrom

Written by Dave Lovely

August 27, 2007 at 8:24 pm

Posted in art, flickr, Photography