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

Grotesque: Aubrey Beardsley and His Illustration
Drawing / Illustration / Look Back: Art History

Grotesque: Aubrey Beardsley and His Illustration

Notwithstanding the literary brilliance of Before the Art, I’m not sure if I’d want to be remembered through my creations. At least, the creations I’ve made so far, which are not that many, and tend to be along the lines of pinecone bird feeders, halfhearted sketches of dreary landscapes and the occasional cootie catcher. But … Continue reading

Merry Kitschmas: A Brief Look at Taste and the Holiday Season
American / Drawing / Illustration / Look Back: Art History / Other / Painting

Merry Kitschmas: A Brief Look at Taste and the Holiday Season

We’re in the holiday season now. Thanksgiving and Black Friday have passed and ahead is Christmas, New Years and the various other fixtures of wintertime merry making. And you know that all your big holiday dinners will be served with a healthy side of cheesy decorations. Whether it’s greeting cards, Christmas crackers, wrapping paper or … Continue reading