Category Archives: art

Thursday: Special Hili dialogue—and a post by Hili!

Introduction by Jerry: It’s Thursday, July 20, 2017. Yesterday Hili became aware that Hiroko Kubota, who made my lovely embroidered Hili shirt, has just published her second book—and a new embroidered Hili was on the cover! (A copy is being sent to Poland.) Not only that, but Hiroko made a time-lapse video of her embroidering Hili, […]

Google Doodle celebrates visual/musical art

Reader Dom called my attention to a new animated and interactive Google Doodle celebrating the life of the German visual artist Oskar Fischinger, who was born on this day in 1900 (click on screenshot below to activate the Doodle). By clicking in various places on the screen that appears when you press the arrow, you […]

Art: Context is everything

I mentioned the importance of context earlier today vis-à-vis terrorism, but here’s a nicer example. First look at the photo in this tw**t. The art is a woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), in my view the greatest of the Japanese wood-block print artists. And it has a cat in it—surely a Japanese Bobtail. Meanwhile […]

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 […]