Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
New clues have emerged in what could be described as the world's oldest murder case: that of Oetzi the "Iceman", whose 5,300-year-old body was discovered frozen in the Italian Alps in 1991.
After the rather ho-hum art of the Mesolithic era, art in the Neolithic (literally: "new stone") age represents a spree of hellzapoppin' innovation. Humans were settling themselves down into agrarian societies, which left them enough spare time to explore some key concepts of civilization - namely, religion, measurement, the rudiments of architecture and writing and, yes, art.
Otherwise known as "Middle Stone Age", the Mesolithic period covered a brief span of around 2,000 years. While it served as an important bridge between the Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic ages, the art of this period was, well, sort of boring. From this distance, it's not nearly as fascinating as the discovery of (and innovations in) the art of the preceding era. And the art of the subsequent Neolithic era is exponentially diverse, besides being more well-preserved and offering us thousands of examples of itself, instead of a "handful". Still, let's briefly cover the artistic events of the Mesolithic because, after all, it's a distinct era from any other.
The Paleolithic (literally: "Old Stone Age") period covered between two and one-half to three million years, dependent upon which scientist has done the calculations. For the purposes of Art History, though, when we refer to "Paleolithic" art, we're talking about theLate Upper Paleolithic period. This began roughly around 40,000 years ago and lasted through the Pleistocene ice age, the end of which is commonly thought to have occurred near 8,000 B.C. (give or take a few centuries). This period was marked by the rise ofHomo sapiens sapiens and its ever-developing ability to create tools and weapons.
Monday, 27 February 2012
Oldest instrument is dug up in Skye cave
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Flemish painter, ca.1510-1576
Flemish painter, ca.1510-1576
Use top right 'next' button to scroll through the Women Artists of the Renaissance - enjoy :-)
Almost everything an audience sees on stage is illusion, and the biggest and most expensive illusion of all is the scenery.
For hundreds of years painted cloths and even people have been flown on lengths of rope, and scenery has been pushed and turned by stage crew. Nowadays sets are moved by computer, and metal wires are used instead of rope, but the illusions and theatrical trickery involved are the same as those employed and created three hundred - even four hundred years ago by architects, engineers and set designers whose work is depicted in this selection of drawings.
Glyn Philpot: Artist at the Crossroads
In the first of a two part story Grace Brockington examines two British artists characterised by outward controversy and inner conflict: Glyn Philpot and Eric Gill