December 30~ Animals in Art

Untitled (Dancing Dog)  by  Keith Haring

1981 / Sumi ink, and acrylic on paper mounted on canvas / 107”x186” / Private collection

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Standing Glass Fish  by  Frank Gehry

1986 / Wood, glass, steel, silicone, plexiglass, and rubber / 22 feet high /
Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, on long-term loan from the Minneapolis/Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden

Hispanic Artists~September 2

Saint George Killing the Dragon  by  Bernat Martorell

1434/35  Tempera on panel
/ 61 1/4”x38 5/8” / Art Institute of Chicago

Adoración de los
Reyes Magos

by  Alonso Berruguete

1523-1526 / Carved and polychromed wood
/ Height: 46”; Width: 45 1/4”; Depth: 11 13/16”
/ National Sculpture Museum, Valladolid, Spain

Pride Month~ June 2

Michelangelo (1475-1564) Sculptor, painter, draftsman, architect, and poet

Doni Tondo / 1505-1506 / Tempera grassa (tempera and oil) on wood / 47 1⁄2” diameter






Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571)
Goldsmith, sculptor, draftsman, soldier, and musician

Perseus With The Head of Medusa / 1545-1554 / Bronze / approx. 17’ high, incl. base

Pride Month~ June 1

Donatello (c.1386–1466)
The greatest sculptor of the early Renaissance

St. George / 1417 / Marble / Height 6’10”



Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer

The Virgin of the Rocks / 1483-1486 / Oil on panel, transferred to canvas in 19th century / 78.3”x48”


Viktor Hartmann: Born May 5, 1834

In 1873 at the age of thirty-nine, Viktor Alexandrovich Hartmann, Russian architect and painter, died from an aneurysm. He was at the forefront of the Russian Revival, friend of and inspiration to many contemporaries in the field of architecture, art and music. Shortly after his death, Vladimir Vasilievich Stasov, helped to arrange an exhibition of Hartmann’s work.

Mussorgsky poured out his feeling about his friend’s death in a letter to Stassov. who shared the Russian nationalist tendencies of Hartmann and Mussorgsky and had brought the two men together in the first place.

Mussorgsky’s piano suite was not published until after his death, is dedicated to Stassov. Stassov, with whom Mussorgsky had discussed the suite as he composed it, explained in the first edition of the Pictures at an Exhibition: “The composer here portrays himself walking now right, now left, now as an idle person, now urged to go near a picture; at times his joyous appearance is dampened, he thinks in sadness of his dead friend. …”

Sir Georg Solti – Chicago Symphony Orchestra 1980

via Viktor Hartmann: Born May 5, 1834

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/31~

What artist is perhaps best known for the two bronze lions that mark the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago Building?

In 2000, the AIA recognized one of which architect’s buildings as the fourth most significant structure of the twentieth century?

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 12/7~

Which 17th century Italian sculptor, architect, and city planner is credited with creating the Baroque style of sculpture?

Which American modernist painter considered the Armory Show the “greatest single influence” he experienced in his work?

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 11/30~

What 16th-century northern Italian architect summarized his rules in a landmark publication which was widely translated and spread his influence throughout Europe and into the New World?

What painter’s shift from representation to abstraction occurred between 1938 and 1942 — a reason why he is credited with laying the groundwork for the Abstract Expressionist movement?

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 11/9~

What Swiss-American photographer took the suggestion of Walker Evans to apply for the Guggenheim Fellowship that would result in his most famous book?

What renowned American architect may be best known today for the scandal surrounding his murder by the jealous husband of a former lover?

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