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September 16, 2019

Hall of Bulls

ca. 15,000 BCE
Lascaux, Dordogne, France
Paint on limestone
Largest bull approx. 12' long.

Art Code: "Be Curious"

Synopsis

Lascaux Cave is a Palaeolithic cave situated in southwestern France, near the village of Montignac in the Dordogne region, which houses...

June 3, 2019

Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird 

Oil on canvas

1940

Art Code: "Say something!"

Synopsis

Frida Kahlo de Rivera (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈfɾiða ˈkalo]; born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón; 6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954) was a Mexican artist who painted...

May 10, 2019

Campbell's Soup Cans
1962
Synthetic polymer paint on thirty-two canvases
Each canvas 20 x 16" (50.8 x 40.6 cm).
Overall installation with 3" between each panel is 97" high x 163" wide
Museum of Modern Art, New York (incl. link to brief but helpful audio)

Art Code: "Only...

April 8, 2019

LamentationArena Chapel (Capella Scrovegni),

Padua, Italy,

ca. 1305.

Fresco,

6’ 3/4” x 6’ 3/4”

Art Code: "All who wander are not lost."

Synopsis

In his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, Giorgio Vasari described Giotto as making a decisive br...

March 12, 2019

River Crossing

2007

Aluminum and copper wire

103 × 141 inches

© El Anatsui

Art Code: "Create as much as you consume."

Synopsis

El Anatsui was born in Anyanko, Ghana in 1944. Many of Anatsui’s sculptures are mutable in form, conceived to be so free and flexible that they can b...

March 1, 2019

Mosaic from the north wall of the apse, Church of San VitaleRavenna, Italy, ca. 547
 

Art Code: "There is value in the work."

Synopsis

One of the most famous images of political authority from the Middle Ages is the mosaic of the Emperor Justinian and his court in the san...

February 1, 2019

Unknown sculptor

Greece, ca. 190 BCE

Marble, approx. 8’ 1” high

Louvre, Paris.

 

Art Code: "Say something."

Synopsis

The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace,[2] is a marble Hellenistic sculpture of Nike (the Greek goddess of victory), that was c...

January 7, 2019

Doryphoros (Spear Bearer)

Roman copy of the bronze original by Polykleitos ca. 450 - 440 BCE   (CLASSICAL)

6’ 11” high

Marble


 

Art Code: "There is value in the work."

Synopsis

The Doryphoros Classical Greek "Spear-Bearer" of Polykleitos is one of the best known Greek scul...

December 13, 2018

from the Acropolis
Athens, Greece
c. 480 BCE (CLASSICAL)
Marble, approx. 3’ 10” high. 
Acropolis Museum, Athens.


NOTE: While it's important that you know the general time periods and countries of origin for each presented Artist Spotlight, this is the only one for wh...

November 27, 2018

Takashi Murakami"Tan Tan Bo Puking - a.k.a. Gero Tan" by Takashi Murakami (2002). Acrylic on canvas mounted on board. Private Collection, courtesy of Galerie Perrotin.

Art Code: "Creativity is not a limited resource."

Synopsis

A Japanese contemporary artist, Murakami work...

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