And here is the UNESCO site on Mycenae and Tiryns.
The National Gallery in London has recently acquired a portrait of the Chevalier d’Eon, the diplomat, soldier, spy, and transvestite. For political, and possibly personal, reasons he dressed as a woman. She was highly regarded by her contemporaries. This portrait is one of the earliest, and perhaps clearest, depictions of cross-dressing. Here’s the article. Be sure to click on the “magnify” button to see the full portrait.
What do you think?
A copy of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa (Louvre) in the Prado (Madrid) since 1819 was made by a follower of the artist who was likely sitting next to him while he was at work on the Mona Lisa. Here is an article about the cleaning of the Prado version.
Is Leonardo’s Battle of Anghiari really here? Cerca trova….
The virtual camerino at this site is worth looking at.
A wonderful video on the Limbourg Brothers produced by the Gelderland Media Group.
Just how long do you look at a work of art? Have you thought about this?
An interesting article about looking…from the New York Times, August 3, 2009.
An extraordinary series of paintings by 15th-c. Netherlandish artists associated with the mysterious “Master of Flemalle” is on exhibit at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. The exhibit is here reviewed by Michael Kimmelman in the New York Times, December 11, 2008. Don’t miss the slide show!
This is an important exhibit that raises the issue of connoisseurship and what it means to us today as art historians. And the paintings are grand!