Top Ten Artists (Painting Division)

December 20th, 2008|

Van Gogh
Vermeer
Cezanne
Rembrandt
Hiroshige
Piero della Francesca
Caravaggio
Eakins
Monet
Diebenkorn
de La Tour
Durer
van der Weyden
Chardin
Manet
Constable
Ni Tsan
Velazquez
Kensett
Homer
Turner
Hokusai
Prendergast
Gainsborough
Veronese
Caillebotte
Filippino Lippi
Wyeth
van Eyck
Church
Pollock
Giotto

The first question is, How do you rank painters from different eras, different cultures? What test do you apply? It the measure is, who has produced the paintings that stop me in my tracks, that I want to look at and live with the longest, […]

Manet/Velazquez at the Met (2003)

December 17th, 2008|

This was an extraordinary exhibition – in fact, three exhibitions in one. First, Velazquez and the Spanish Old Masters; second, Manet and his contemporaries; third, the Great American Portraitists. Like all major Metropolitan exhibitions these days, it was too big, and the “story” it told could have been better presented in half the space. But […]

These Are A Few of My Favorite Frames

December 14th, 2008|

Next to the paintings, what I like best are frames, and the MIA collection has some great ones. In case you’ve never picked out your own favorites, here are mine. First, you will note that my list ends around 1900, because that seems to be when framing, as a decorative art, started its decline to […]

Birdwatching at the MIA

December 13th, 2008|

You are all here for a lecture on James James Audubon, the great American bird artist. He is the first great bird art in America, but artists have been portraying birds long before his time and all over the world. What I propose is that we all go on safari together, to discover how birds […]

Pretty Women in Sculpture

December 11th, 2008|

There are literally hundreds and hundreds of sculptures on display at the MIA, and it would take us days to explore them all. So, since we have just under an hour together, I thought I would concentrate on one particular sculptural subject, one that will nevertheless take us all over the museum, and even then […]

A Meditation on Beauty

December 1st, 2008|

      We ran across a fascinating exhibition in Berlin last year called “Beauty” (more exactly, “Schonheit”), in which an Italian diplomat selected 100 objects from the various German national collections. My favorite display lined up three female busts: the famous one of Queen Nefertiti, a Florentine Renaissance marble, and a 13th-century terra cotta from […]

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