Category Archives: art

On the inability of medieval artists to paint cats

One of our readers, Laurie Sidoni, has started her own website, A Classicist Writes, covering a mix of topics that looks propitious: …on myriad themes, including – but, not limited to – ancient Rome to cats (especially THEO!) to “The Walking Dead” to Amsterdam to atheism to hockey to “Everybody Loves Raymond” to “Les Mis” and almost […]

Insane political correctness: snowflakes urge destruction of Emmett Till painting

If you know about the civil rights struggle in the U.S., you’ll know the story of Emmett Till. An African-American boy from near Chicago, Till, aged 14, went to visit relatives in Mississippi in 1955. There he was falsely accused of whistling at and flirting with a white woman. (It’s recently come to light that she […]

An artist made a bust of Cristiano Ronaldo, and you won’t believe what happened next!

Yes, that’s a clickbait headline, but a bust that Portuguese artist Emanuel Santos made of his famous soccer-star countryman, Cristiano Ronaldo, didn’t turn out so well. As the Guardian reports: The sculptor who made the bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that his creation may not be to everybody’s taste but insisted the Real Madrid striker […]

The next cover of The New Yorker

The New Yorker shows and explains its next cover, for the 92nd anniversary issue. The artist is John Tomac. Under more ordinary circumstances, the cover of the issue for February 13 and 20, 2017—our Anniversary Issue, marking ninety-two years—would feature some version of Rea Irvin’s classic image of the monocled dandy Eustace Tilley. This year, […]

Pet rocks

Because about 40% of my Facebook feed consists of complaints about Donald Trump, and because I can’t brain today, I’m proffering cats as a palliative. Italian artist Roberto Rizzo Pittore specializes in painting animals on rocks; what’s amazing is the lifelike job he does. Here’s a video, along with a picture of the animal he’s painting. […]

Kelly Houle and her Illuminated Darwin project in ASU magazine

The magazine of Arizona State University (ASU) has started a four-part series on Kelly Houle and her Illuminated Origin of Species project, which I’ve highlighted on this site several times. The first part of the magazine’s story is here, and I’ll note the others as they go up.  Below are the title page and the frontispiece, […]

The world’s best painting

It’s odd, but the painting that I consider the best one I’ve ever “seen” is one that I never really saw. I’ve seen many images of the Isenheim Altarpiece painting, completed by Mathias Grünewald in 1515 (the sculptural surround was made by Nicolaus Haganauer), but I’ve never seen it “in the pigment”—in person. But even in […]

Amazing origami

I’m always amazed at the skill involved in making intricate origami pieces, and the time it takes to make them. Now they can be designed on computers, but that still doesn’t replace the artistry or ability to envision the outcome. Here are two videos that have impressed me recently. The first one is simply a […]

New work by Kelly Houle on eBay

Kelly Houle, as most of you know, is the artist and calligrapher who’s doing the Illuminated Origin of Species project, along with several other endeavors (she’s going to illustrate our upcoming children’s book on Mr. Das and his fifty cats). I noticed on Facebook that she has a new painting for sale at a ridiculously low […]

Bodypainted wolf

I’ve posted before about the Italian-born artist Johannes Stötter, who does absolutely unique art that uses bodypainted people to create animals. I’ve previously written about his fabulous parrot as well as the frog that made him famous. Now he’s created an amazing wolf using three painted women. WARNING: NSFW, for the women are nude. But though it’s hardly titillating, it’s stunning.