Should Van Gogh’s house be saved from ruin?
(via Saatchi Gallery)
Cracked Da Vinci Code of the Day: An American artist claims to have cracked the code of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa — for real, this time.
Ron Piccirillo, a 37-year-old oil painter and graphic designer, says he used “an old artist’s trick” to gain a fresh perspective on the famous painting by turning it on its side. He claims that in doing so, images of various animals hidden in the portrait’s background began to emerge.
First, a lion’s head came into focus above the subject’s head. “Then I noticed the buffalo and I thought: ‘Oh my god’,” he says. “Then I realised I was really onto something.”
Piccirillo believes the veiled menagerie — he later discovered an ape and a crocodile-snake creature as well — suggests da Vinci meant the Mona Lisa to depict envy. Piccirillo points to a passage in da Vinci’s journals which he says confirms his theory.
In the passage, da Vinci writes that the artist who wishes to paint envy must “give her a leopard’s skin, because this creature kills the lion out of envy and by deceit.” Piccirillo claims other passages on envy in da Vinci’s notes also indicate that he is referring to the Mona Lisa.
“It is beyond coincidence to have identified these hidden images after finding references to them in Leonardo’s own writings,” Piccirillo said.
SVA alumnus Yoko Furusho transforms a storefront in Barcelona.
(via School of Visual Arts)
Acrylic and oil on paper 11.5 x 18.5
Part of a body of work focusing on human embodiments.
We float like two lovers in a painting by Chagall.
Promo Pic of the Day: From NBC’s Upfront presentation: The Office does Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” (better known as that painting Cameron stares at in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off).
Update as of 9:17AM, 29th April, 2011. Click on the image to enlarge.
Edsa serves as canvas to 10 renowned artists
By Dennis Carcamo (philstar.com) Updated April 28, 2011 02:21 PM
MANILA, Philippines - The 28-kilometer stretch of Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) will serve as a canvass for renowned artists in the country.
This as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to launch on May 7 a year-long project to spruce up Edsa.
“Motorists, commuters and pedestrians, while driving on or walking along Edsa, will be literally connected to the project benefits. Without needing to illustrate an environmentalist advocacy, the artworks will instead chemically embody a fresh anti-pollution strategy,” MMDA chairman Tolentino said.
Under the Edsa Project, walls and flyover pillars will be decorated with large-scale paintings by noted artists.