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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Visited Rome to see the Sistine Chapel (Check out the weird second life video Michaelangelo, Last Judgement, Sistine Chapel Ceiling, 1658-1659) Laocoon, Pieta etc. There is so much to see in Rome that you’d need weeks and weeks to see all the exciting sites.

Laocoon is cited as an important sculpture when studying time. This is because Laocoon shows a lot of movement, indicating both the present and the future in one artwork. The Sistine chapel contains some of the most recognisable and most reproduced images in the world.

Laocoon and the Sistine Chapel are both within the Vatican complex. The Vatican Museums contain an astonishing number of art objects. The Vatican Museums also contain a selection of more modern artworks that unfortunately look very diminished juxtaposed with such amazing older works.

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Manic visit to the Manet : Portraying Life exhibition at the Royal Academy. “The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l’herbe) and Olympia, engendered great controversy and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today, these are considered watershed paintings that mark the genesis of modern art.” Wikipedia Unfortunately neither of these paintings is in the exhibition. (There is a smaller second version of Le déjeuner sur l’herbe exhibited). The main problem with the exhibition is that it is too crowded. Alistair Smart of the Telegraph reviews the Manet exhbition succinctly.

14 artworks by Manet are accessible as part of the Google Art project.

Been through whole blog checking external links. Many links had been migrated to archive status and had to be updated. Long, tedious exercise!

Visited Tate Britain on Saturday and went to the Clore Gallery to see Turner’s work. HERE is an interesting description and critique of The Clore Gallery which houses Turner’s bequest to the nation by the Daily Telegraph’s chief art critic Richard Dorment. HERE is another critique by Selby Whittingham of The Independent Turner Society. I love Turner’s work and this exhibition was interesting to me as there is a greater breadth of his works here than I had previously seen.

I was surprised to see Vija Celmins work displayed as part of the Artist’s Rooms. Vija Celmins was invited to make a selection of works on paper by J.M.W. Turner to coincide with the presentation of her own work in the next room. The biggest difference between Celmins and Turner is that Celmins’ work possesses anonymity whereas Turners work is often of identifiable locations. Both artists show a great love of the materials which they work with.

Work on my paintings continues slowly. Celmins work is also the result of long, slow processes.

Today and tomorrow there are two fairly low tides at Herne Bay. 0.33 and 0.32 at 7.16 and 7.48 GMT. Air pressure is 998 today and 1008 tomorrow but with onshore breezes both days (14 then 18 mph? kph?). It’s snowing heavily so I will no be visiting this fossiliferous area until the weather improves. I’m a fair weather fossil hunter!