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A new generation of arrière-garde art enthusiasts is rediscovering the complexities and traditions of classical art and rethinking an unexamined commendation of modernism. Be on the cutting-edge of an appreciation for influential periods of art history - Medieval, Renaissance, 19th century, early-20th-century – and their links to today. Join me in rooted yet critical considerations of the masters of art history and the diverse cultures that produced them. We'll talk about portraits, landscapes, interiors, madonnas, symbols, and individual masterpieces.

Painter William Hogarth 1697-1764

William Hogarth would most likely have preferred to have been remembered as a talented painter who supported his efforts at fine art by producing...

17th-Century European Painters: Learn More About Charles Le Brun and Meindert Hobbema

Discover artist Hobbema's most famous painting, the definition of academicism, and how a celebrated 19th-century artist has been ignored for decades. Q. Which 17th-century painter...

History of Rock: Early Influences, The Legends

Welcome to part II of Early Influences, The Legends. The following are only a few of the many talented musicians who made rock what...

History of Rock: Early Influences, The Legacy

Rock and roll is the fusion of two races, two cultures, two distinct societies into an art form which surpasses all limitations and...

Early Use of Pencil

Drawing with metalpoint, such as silverpoint, is an art form that was replaced by graphite pencil but is being rediscovered today. Metalpoint, descended from the...

One of New Zealand’s Favourite Opera Singers

The flame-haired beauty and opera singer, Frances Alda, is not as well-known as Nellie Melba now. Arguably, she was just as successful. An Edwardian opera...

Sixteenth-century Venetian Art: Giants of Painting in Renaissance Venice

Early Renaissance Art may have started in Rome and Tuscany, but Venice was the leading center of art in Northern Italy. In Venice a unique...

Sixteenth-Century Art: Venetian Painting

Renaissance painters from Venice developed their own distinctive style using light and a rich color palette. There were several schools, or regional traditions, of Italian...

Classical Landscape Painting in the Late Renaissance

Seventeenth-century Classical Landscape painting was greatly influenced by German artist Adam Elsheimer. During the 17th century, Rome was the art capital of the western world,...
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