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

We Love Leonardo: Da Vinci’s Demons and How We Got There
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We Love Leonardo: Da Vinci’s Demons and How We Got There

Da Vinci’s Demons, which just finished its first season on Starz, already shows its age. “History is a lie,” a mystic man from the East coughs from the murky haze of a hot-boxed temple in Episode 1. But whatever fictions our descendants come up with about us, I doubt they’ll fail to place Demons as … Continue reading

Keep ’em Coming: Dickens, da Vinci and their Works Re-Done
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Keep ’em Coming: Dickens, da Vinci and their Works Re-Done

I’ll bet that in dull moments on rainy days, you just love to curl up in an armchair and reread your favorite passages from that well-thumbed hardback edition of Great Expectations. Maybe it has an embossed cover and falls open to your favorite passage. And I’ll bet that when you go on your annual trips … Continue reading