Something to Smile About: Judith Leyster Turns 405
Birthdays / Dutch / Painting

Something to Smile About: Judith Leyster Turns 405

It’s not hard to imagine having a good old knees up with Judith Leyster, even 405 years after her birth. After all, the people in her paintings still look like they’re having a good time – laughing, singing, playing cards and, above all, smiling. But smiling, in Leyster’s paintings, doesn’t always signify good clean fun. Take, … Continue reading

When it Comes to Blogs – Silence vs Stendhal Syndrome
Dutch / German / Other / Painting

When it Comes to Blogs – Silence vs Stendhal Syndrome

If, in January of 2014, you were an avid follower of Before the Art, you may have found yourself experiencing some disappointment when suddenly, with no explanation, posts stopped appearing. Day and weeks turned into months. None of the promised articles from the Art and Food series appeared. Nor did any additions to the reading … Continue reading

Youth and Beauty: Review of the Courtauld’s “Young Dürer”
Drawing / Exhibition Reviews / German / Look Back: Art History / Printmaking

Youth and Beauty: Review of the Courtauld’s “Young Dürer”

Complex, intelligent and absorbing like the works he produced, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) has proved a fascinating figure for people since his rapid rise to fame in the late 1490’s. However, particularly in his early career, the artist was still prone to mistakes. And in The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure, the Courtauld Gallery, while showing … Continue reading

Art and Science 6: Halley’s Comet through Time and Space
Illustration / Italian / Look Back: Art History / Other / Painting

Art and Science 6: Halley’s Comet through Time and Space

Giotto di Bondone (b. 1266/7), a Florentine painter, died in 1337. 648 years later, he went to Heaven. During his career, Giotto painted a number of chapel frescos and religious paintings. His ascension, however, was only sort of related to his Christian art. It all comes down to this painting. It’s part of a large … Continue reading