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Famous artistic masterpieces

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From Michelangelo's 'David' to Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' here are the locations of the world's most famous artistic masterpieces:
  • Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus (circa 1485/86), Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti, David (1501-04), Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence
  • Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa (1503-06), Musée du Louvre, Paris
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti, The Creation of Adam (1508-12), Sistine Chapel, Vatican
  • Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas (1656), Museo del Prado, Madrid
  • Jan Vermeer, The Girl with the Pearl Earring (1665), Mauritshuis, The Hague
  • Vincent van Gogh, Starry Night (1889), Museum of Modern Art, New York City
  • Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), Museum of Modern Art, New York City
  • Gustav Klimt, The Kiss (1908), Austrian Gallery Belvedere, Vienna
  • Edvard Munch, The Scream (1893/1910), Norwegian National Gallery, Oslo / Munch Museum, Oslo




 A Chess Background Story for Anyone Binging "The Queen's Gambit"

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Chess is believed to have developed from an Indian board game called chaturanga, which rose to popularity by the 6th century. Like modern chess, all the pieces (king, minister, elephants, cavalry, chariots, and foot soldiers—the elements of an Indian army) had different powers and winning the game depended on defeating one piece (the opponent’s king). As the game spread into Europe over the following centuries, regional variations led to the creation of new rules and pieces that reflected the social dynamics of the time and place. You can see medieval European society reflected in the pawns, bishops, knights, and castles, who serve to protect the king and queen. Their powers evolved as their real-life counterparts evolved; for example, the queen replaced the “minister” and grew the ability to move any number of spaces in any direction, as opposed to a single space, as queens became more powerful across Europe.
The artist Man Ray, who worked in the 20's and 30's, was a chess aficionado, and in 1920 he designed his first chess set. Consistent with his surreal style that favored abstraction and whimsy over realism and tradition, the set imagines each piece as a geometric shape. The king is a pyramid, the queen is a cone, the bishop is a drinking container called a flagon, the rook (castle) is a cube, the knight is a violin finial, and the pawn is a sphere pictured below:
As one of the world’s oldest and most popular games, chess is depicted in paintings, photography, books, movies, and even song lyrics, often as the ultimate intellectual showdown.
The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli, 1781

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Today marks the anniversary of the publication of Sigmund Freud's "The Interpretation of Dreams" in 1904. Determining the value of art is not open to "interpretation and dreams". It is based on independent research and knowledge of the market and its trends.
Anishnabe Treaty Hat

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On #IndigenousPeoplesDay, we celebrate the rich cultures, histories, and values of our Native communities. The "Anishnabe Treaty Hat" — created by artist Kelly Church — serves as a true example of this, representing the strength and resilience of our indigenous communities. The basket hat illustrates the relationship between the Anishnabe and the State of Michigan, and the Anishnabe and the United States government — while asserting the vitality and the treaty rights of the Anishnabe people.
"Anishnabe Treaty Hat", 2017, Kelly Church, black ash, sweetgrass, white cedar bark, birch bark, wild rice, maple sugar, water, black ash seed, tobacco, buckskin. From the Collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts
Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci

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The drama and mystery surrounding the world’s most expensive painting is set to take the stage in New York in 2022 as a major Broadway musical. “Salvator Mundi” will chronicle the story of Leonardo da Vinci’s Renaissance-era portrait of Jesus, presumed lost for hundreds of years and only rediscovered this century, and sold for a record-shattering $450.3 million auction price in 2017.
Deborah Grace Winer, the screenwriter, believes da Vinci’s artwork has all the ingredients needed to make a compelling historical narrative for the stage. “There’s an epic quality about this story. It’s almost Shakespearean and operatic in the sweep of it’s history.” It is a story that poses the question: “What makes art, what gives anything value? It’s the idea of following one object through history. It’s about power and symbols.”
Yet art history is a rare subject for theater. The saga of “Salvator Mundi” may seem like a niche topic for a stage production, however, Winer believes some of the most popular musicals have succeeded because they are peculiar stories told in a compelling way, such as Lin-Manuel Miranda's rap musical "Hamilton." Winer adds, “The unlikeliest stories find incredible interest from audiences. The more specific it is, sometimes the more universal it becomes.”
Britto, Romero (Brazilian, 1963-) red heart on yellow ground

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When I think of this musical refrain, one artist immediately comes to mind, aka “the Founder of the Happy Art Movement” - Romero Britto. I met the artist several years ago in Miami at a pop-up exhibition, and the impression he left has been long lasting. I find myself drawing upon the exuberance and optimism of his spirit and his art. More than ever, it is art that lifts us up and gives us hope, comfort, and strength to make it through these challenging times.
As a professional art appraiser, it is my job to analyze and interpret art market data. I closely observe trends with an eye toward where the art market is moving. From my perspective, the art of Romero Britto falls into a new genre of art which is the wave of the future of art collecting for a new generation of global collectors. But don’t just take my word for it – take a look at his robust roster of endorsers: Disney, Hasbro, Ferrari, Porsche, Dolce Gabbana, Carnival Cruise Line, Mattel, Coca-Cola, and the list goes on…
Art analysis and endorsements aside, what truly attracts me to the art of Romero Britto is how happy it makes me feel. It’s just what the world need now - warmth, optimism, and Love, Sweet Love.

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Thirty years ago, a high school senior forever changed the age-old game of cutting class. The movie classic, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, flawlessly captures art’s ability to influence our perception of ourselves and the world around us. 
Through all the wild capers Ferris and friends employ during their day off – stealing a car and dancing in a parade – perhaps the most surprising, yet significant, is their stop at an art museum. It is undeniably odd, and not just because its three teenagers playing hooky by going to a museum. Once the friends are separated in the museum, Cameron experiences an 'Aha' moment of total absorption into a work of art, almost as if he dived in so deeply he ceased to exist. 
As a former museum docent, I tell people that when they go through art museums there will be a (Cameron) moment where they are totally gobsmacked in front of something, and it changes their life forever. 
So, the next time you’re at an art museum, remember Ferris’s sage advice about life moving pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around, you might just miss an opportunity to learn something about yourself and life itself.


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