Art History meme: 1/6 themes or series or subjects
Judith Beheading Holofernes
(L-R, Lucas Cranach, Botticelli, Cristofano Allori, Fede Galizia, Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, Gustav Klimt, Carlo Saraceni, Giovanni Baglione)
It’s really eye-opening if you put them side by side. The only one with a determined expression is the one painted by a woman, the other Judiths look either sensual or are smiling sweetly. Caravaggio gets some brownie points for making an attempt and giving her a look of angered confusion.
Can’t have women look angry, even when they do angry stuff like beheading dudes.
partially related targfaces instead of dealing with life/developing artistic skills
Jennifer’s McCurdy’s porcelain pottery looks almost as alive as its inspiration.
McCurdy on her work:
Emotion fills me when I see perfect forms in nature, from the cracked conch shell on the beach revealing its perfect spiral, to the milkweed pod burst in the field, its brilliant airborne seeds streaming into the sunlight. The ordered symmetry and asymmetry of nature’s forms reveal the growth of life, the movement of life.
Living on Martha’s Vineyard, island time, especially in the winter, seems to conform to nature’s cycles. As a potter, I strive to make my work reflect the balance of life around me. It is important that the patterns I see around me are integrated into my forms.
The world’s oldest banknote: a piece of art
What looks like a great piece of art, a mixture of stylistic forms, is in actuality the oldest surviving banknote. The Chinese were printing text centuries before Gutenberg introduced the printed book in the West. What they also printed well before such was done in Europe was banknotes. This one dates from c. 1375 and is the earliest banknote that survives today. It’s made of mulberry bark and looks kind of attractive in its simplicity. “Great Ming precious money. For circulation throughout the empire,” it reads in Chinese characters. The note measures 340x222 mm, a fist taller than an iPad. Printing money may have been innovative in the medieval world, and the result quite artistic, carrying the bills around was not particularly convenient unless you had a super-size wallet.
More information from the British Museum: this written piece and this movie.