Art History

June 15, 2018

5 Pioneers of Early Animation Who Influenced the Future of Film

Before studios such as Walt Disney, Pixar, and Studio Ghibli, animation wasn’t exactly taken seriously as an art form. For decades, moving images were seen purely as a novel form of entertainment for children. Storybook narratives were visualized with shadow puppet shows, spinning fantascopes, magic lanterns, and flip books.

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June 5, 2018

8 Iconic Artists and the Inspiration Behind Their Favorite Subjects

Throughout art history, most prolific painters have employed different kinds of iconography in order to demonstrate the diversity of their interests, skills, and approach. No matter how many different themes they explore, however, most of these figures still have an apparent favorite subject. From Rembrandt's pensive face to Yayoi Kusama's playful polka dots, these tried-and-true subjects offer a revealing look into the inner-workings of these creative minds.

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May 24, 2018

Monumental Masterpieces: 8 of Art History’s Most Famous Large-Scale Paintings

Great art comes in all shapes and sizes. From towering sculptures to tiny sketches, artists have produced works that play with scale throughout the history of art. While this interest in experimentation is apparent across mediums and genres, its role in painting has been particularly big—literally. Here, we take a look at some of the most famous large-scale canvas paintings, from Botticelli's mythological masterpiece to Pollock's avant-garde “action painting.

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May 13, 2018

M.C. Escher’s Mind-Bending Mathematical Prints Now Available Online

I know it's a cliche to be a nerd who loves M.C. Escher, but boy am I a nerd who loves M.C Escher. This is a great new digitized collection of his prints from @BPLBoston: — John Overholt (@john_overholt) May 4, 2018 Today, you can find a wealth of optical illusion art with the click of a mouse. Before interactive videos and animated gifs, however, there was the mind-bending work of M.C.

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