Posts Tagged ‘painting’

Digital Scrolling Painting Project

May 24, 2016

Handscrolls, often fragile and difficult to handle and display because of their large format, are rarely shown in public and in their entirety.  These same qualities also makes them impossible to reproduce faithfully for teaching purposes. The Center for the Art of East Asia is hoping to change that by making a few valuable handscrolls more accessible and visible through its Digital Scrolling Paintings Project.
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Designed to support the teaching of classes on East Asian painting, the Digital Scrolling Painting Project developed digital scrolling technology to simulate the viewing experience lacking in classes that rely on reproductions which distort the sequential and participatory nature of the handscroll viewing process. In collaboration with the Humanities Computing, the Center for the Art of East Asia developed its digital scrolling technology to simulate the viewing experience and to improve understanding of handscroll paintings. The scrolling paintings website has been designed with interactive elements to allow unprecedented accessibility to the complete works of art for educators, students and researchers.

Viewers can search and browse a selection of scrolls from the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum. the St. Louis Art Museum, the Smart Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Palace Museum of Beijing.

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Make your own Big Eyes selfie

January 27, 2015

If you want to add a bit Odette big eyesof style to your next selfie, try the Big Eyes selfie app available on the Big Eyes website. Here is my cat Odette as an especially moving Margaret Keane muse.

Lost painting found in kids movie

December 3, 2014

Gergely Barki da55bcb8-cd42-4f13-861a-d346f664d344-540x324probably expected a quite, uneventful evening as he and his daughter Lola watched “Stuart Little” in 2009. But Barki, a researcher at the Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria), “nearly dropped Lola from my lap. A researcher can never take his eyes off the job, even when watching a Christmas move at home.” What grabbed Barki’s attention was a long-lost avant garde painting used as a prop in the film.  The painting was “Sleeping Lady with Black Vase” by Róbert Berény, a member of the pre-World War I movement Group of Eights. Berény’s painting disappeared in the 1920s but was found in an antique shop in Pasadena by a set designer from Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures. “Sleeping Lady with Black Vase” will be sold on auction December 13.

Read more here.

Catacomb of Priscilla online

November 20, 2013

After 5-years of restoration work, the catacombs on Via Salaria in Rome have 1549c84c-6415-4805-acb4-0e9042c75845_RTX15KB6been re-opened to the public by the Vatican.  Using laser technology, the frescoes were cleaned and the sarcophagi fragments re-housed in a new museum.  Now you can take a virtual tour of the Catacombs of Priscilla.
For more information, including new research suggesting women served as priests in early Christianity, click here.

Lost Art Internet Database

November 13, 2013

With news of the recent discoveryLost Art DB of looted masterpieces hidden in a Munich apartment still fresh in our minds, we thought it would be good to remind everyone of the Lost Art Database. The Lost Art Database was established by the German government to register cultural objects which were relocated, moved or seized during World War II and the Nazi dictatorship. The Database was a response to the Washington Principles established during the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets (Washington D.C., December 3, 1998. You can read pdf of the program and statements here) that called on governments to identify confiscated art, establish a central registry, facilitate open access to documents that will enable identification of confiscated materials, return confiscated assets to pre-War owners and encourage nations to develop mechanisms for resolving ownership issues. The Database allows users to search for lost assets and register cultural objects known to have been taken illegally.

Get your Beast Jesus merchandise now!

August 14, 2013

You all know the saying: if life gives your lemons, make lemonade. There’s lots of lemonade in Borja, Spain these days.beast jesus tshirt

Remember the botched restoration of the 19th century “Ecco Homo” a year ago in the Borja church? The one that inspired numerous art memes, a “Restoration Society,” references to monkeys and caused considerable anguish among conservationists? In case you don’t remember, you can revisit our blog entry on the episode here. Well, it appears all is forgiven. Cecilia Gimenez’s restoration, aka “Beast Jesus,” has also been attracting numerous visitors and is now inspiring the production of Borja approved “Beast Jesus” merchandise.

All profits from the merchandise are split between the Borja city council and the artist (49% for Gimenez and 51% for Borja). The city has begun charging an entrance fee of $1.30 to see the “restoration” with proceeds going to the Sancti Spiritus charitable foundation which helps care for the elderly in Borja.

All of this comes as a relief to Gimenez who has just opened her own art exhibition. “Now it seems like everyone’s happy.”

Watch an interview with Gimenez at her exhibition opening here.

Alber’s Interaction of Color as an app

August 6, 2013

In 1963, Josef Albers, a painter and instructor at the Weimar and Dessau Bauhaus, published1673122-inline-750-albers a classic text on design and art education called Interaction of Color. For Albers, Interaction of Color was more than a text — it was a handbook and teaching aid for artists, instructors and students. In honor of its 50th anniversary, Yale University Press has released an app for the iPad that visualizes Alber’s book as an interactive teaching tool along the lines of what Albers originally intended.

For more on the app, go here. The app is available for $9.99 at App Store.

Santa Croce chapel open after restoration

January 15, 2013

chapel-2The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce has re-opened after five years of restoration. Santa Croce, the largest Franciscan church, contains an enormous fresco cycle produced by Angolo Gaddi in the 1380s depicting the Legend of the True Cross. Gaddi’s frescos are finally open to the public and visitors lucky enough to be in Florence, can actually climb the scaffolding and view the fresco cycle up close. For those of us not so lucky, we can view the restoration process, and other restoration projects under taken at Santa Croce, online here.

Defaced Rothko

October 9, 2012

For those of you trying to keep up with the evolving story of the defaced Rothko, the blog Hyperallergic: Sensitive to Art & Its Discontents is a good place to start.  Co-founder  Hrag Vartanian has been closely following and blogging on this episode since it was first reported on October 7.  And take a look at Artinfo‘s article on Yellowism, the movement behind the motives of the tagger / artist Vladimir Umanets: “WTF Is Yellowism? A Guide to the Obscure Movement Behind the Tate Rothko Attack.”

New Rembrandt resource

September 27, 2012

Users of the Rembrandt Research Project (RRP) will be happy to know that there is a new resource available to Rembrandt scholars. The Rembrandt Database is an inter-institutional research resource for information and documentation on paintings by Rembrandt – or attributed to him, either now or in the past – in museums around the world.  This new resource consolidates all the various documentation on Rembrandt into one site with the aim of becoming the first port of call for research on Rembrandt’s paintings.  Over 20 institutions partnered with the primary sponsors RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History) and the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in developing the Rembrandt Database. The developers eventually hope to include the body of information and documentation collected by the RRP into the Rembrandt Database.
The website currently contains 1700 digital documents (visual and textual material) relating to 12 paintings in 3 different museums. This number will grow in the coming period with the number of contributing museums is expected to reach 20 by 2014.