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“Disasters of War” Returns to Vietnam in Time for 35th Anniversary of War’s End

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  Roughly drawn and often composed with a cartoonist’s eye for flair, the almost primitive nature of the sketches showcased in Francisco Goya’s early 1880s collection of images inspired by Spain’s Peninsular War titled “The Disasters of War” somehow leapfrogged over technical criticism and landed in the hearts and minds of an entire nation. When first published between 1810 and ... Read More »

Van Gogh Cereal Painting is Large in Size, High in Refined Sugar

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  We’ve seen the cardboard Munchs and the inflatable scream dolls, so a reproduction of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” rendered in cereal doesn’t really seem all that surprising. Credit where credit is due, artist and art teacher Doyle Geddes certainly does a marvelous job of creating the illusion of the Dutch painter’s brush strokes and oily globs of color out ... Read More »

Australia’s Unexpected Record-Breaking Painting Is Charmingly Antipodean

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  Australians are a cheery lot, only apt to lose their senses of humor when we from the Northern Hemisphere point our their congenital case of good vibes. But looking at the newest painting to hold the title of Australia’s most expensive native artwork, it’s hard not to point out the it’s tongue-and-cheek attitude and what that says about the ... Read More »

On The Trail of Vermeer, Finding Inspiration at The Maurithuis

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  Naturally, any journey into Vermeer (outside of New York City) should begin in Delft, the city that provided the Dutch master with the light and settings that make his work such a wonder of human achievement. For a full walking tour of the town, there’s no place better to look than in the pages of our “ART + TRAVEL ... Read More »

Upper East Side Girls: Nine of Vermeer’s Maids Living In Manhattan

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  There’s something about New York—the power, the money, the energy—that attracts the most beautiful women from all over the earth—350-year-old Delft maidens included. Odd as it may seem to regular consumers of high European culture, New York City, and specifically the Upper East Side of the borough of Manhattan, holds more examples of Delft master Joannes Vermeer’s art than ... Read More »

Munch in 3D: Cardboard Copy of “The Scream” Adds Depth to Existential Agnst

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  Seeing as the series of works known collective as “The Scream” is one of the world’s most iconic images, humanity can be forgiven for trouping and transforming the famously blood-curdling Edvard Munch masterpiece into dolls, goofy Simpsons posters, and even more cultural flotsam that the ever-troubled, often-bilious Scandinavian artist would have almost certainly hated with a vengeance. But it’s ... Read More »

Venice’s Newest Museum is Also One of Its Oldest

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  According to a fascinating article in today’s New York Times, one of the first true museums ever, the Palazzo Grimani, is now one of Europe’s newest exhibition spaces as the 500+-year-old structure reopens to the public after a century and a half of disuse and a nine year restoration. Read More »

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