Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ancient Gold, Juan Gris, Bubble Wrap, Elevators & Supersize Me!


- Study: Last Supper paintings supersize the food -Has even the Last Supper been supersized? "The food in famous paintings of the meal has grown by biblical proportions over the last millennium, researchers report in a medical journal Tuesday. Using a computer, they compared the size of the food to the size of the heads in 52 paintings of Jesus Christ and his disciples at their final meal before his death. If art imitates life, we're in trouble, the researchers conclude. The size of the main dish grew 69 percent; the size of the plate, 66 percent, and the bread, 23 percent, between the years 1000 and 2000." The Article at the AP

- Ready, Set, Hang: The Heavy Lifting Is On : "The first-ever Art Handling Olympics — a combination roast, “Jackass”-style stunt extravaganza and excuse to drink a lot — drew about 200 people at its height who came to the Ramiken Crucible gallery to watch a dozen four-man teams (art handlers are, by and large, male, and, by and large, large) go head-to-head, demonstrating their skills with a lot of fake art and untold amounts of Bubble Wrap." The Story in the New York Times


March 23, 1857: Elisha Otis's first elevator is installed at 488 Broadway New York City. The elevator has an immediate and revolutionary effect on architecture and city building.

March 23, 1874: J. C. Leyendecker, German-American illustrator best known for his Saturday Evening Post covers and illustrations for Arrow shirt collars, is born.

March 23, 1887: Juan Gris, Spanish artist who worked in france most of his life and was a pioneering member of the Cubist Movement, was born.


“Ancient Gold Jewelry at the Dallas Museum of Art”

“Prized for its beauty, its workability, and its resistance to corrosion or decay, gold in the ancient world was, as Pindar put it, "Zeus's child. Nothing erodes or consumes it. It conquers the mind of man and is the most powerful of possessions." Indeed, this lack of erosion means the 105 art objects shown in color photoraphs in this catalog are little changed from when they were created some two millennia ago. The Dallas Museum of Art acquired the Moretti collection of Mediterranean gold jewelry in the 1990s—one of the last significant collections in private hands. Among the superbly crafted gold and jeweled ornaments here are 4th-century BC Greek ear pendants with delicate figures of Eros dangling, Etruscan filigreed bracelets from the 7th century BC, and a pair of abstracted twist bracelets from 1st-century AD Rome that look contemporary”.


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