The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius by Carlo Crivelli

  The Annunciation generally includes two figures – Mary and the winged angel, Gabriel. Carlo Crivelli, an Italian Renaissance painter, had a different idea when he used artistic adaptation in … Continue reading The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius by Carlo Crivelli

Fra Angelico – The Annunciation

Welcome December!  It is winter’s month of celebration that signals festive music, scintillating lights and the aroma of cinnamon and chocolate. Amid long-awaited family gatherings, last minutes shopping, eggnog and … Continue reading Fra Angelico – The Annunciation

Happy Birthday Jonathan Eastman Johnson

  The American painter Jonathan “Eastman” Johnson was born today, in 1824.  His birthplace was Lovell, Maine, which is situated by Kezar Lake in Oxford County, Maine. In the 19th … Continue reading Happy Birthday Jonathan Eastman Johnson

Giovanni Giacometti On Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than  with Giovanni Giacometti. This painting entitled Annetta and Alberto, completed in 1904, was of Giovanni’s wife, Annetta with their … Continue reading Giovanni Giacometti On Mother’s Day

Celebrating the Ordinary – Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin

Turnips! There is something extraordinary about this modest white, bulbous taproot that comes in various sizes, the small tender ones destined for human consumption and their larger cousins that feed  … Continue reading Celebrating the Ordinary – Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin

The Art of Community: James Tissot’s “The Picnic (Dejeuner sur l’Herbe)”

James Tissot (1836-1902) Summers would not be complete without a picnic. A lazy August afternoon under a shady tree, a blanket to shield from the damp earth, a basket filled … Continue reading The Art of Community: James Tissot’s “The Picnic (Dejeuner sur l’Herbe)”

Vincent van Gogh’s “Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries” 1888

  “The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” Vincent Van Gogh Over the … Continue reading Vincent van Gogh’s “Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries” 1888