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

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

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