Renaissance Overview

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Renaissance The Renaissance was a fervent period of European cultural, artistic, political and economic “rebirth” following the Middle Ages. Generally described as taking place from the 14th century to the 17th century, the Renaissance promoted the rediscovery of classical philosophy, literature and art. Some of the greatest thinkers, authors, statesmen, scientists and artists in human […]

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Chaos and Classicism

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https://www.guggenheim.org/arts-curriculum/resource-unit/chaos-and-classicism

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Keeping It Real

Realism as an art movement had nothing to do with the point-and-shoot realism that is being put forth from the late 20th century Realist Movement.  The realism of revolutionary France was more about the people that the art. The major painters of Realism in its original form were: Gustave Courbet, Jean-François Millet, Honoré Daumier, and Jean-Baptiste-Camille […]

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A Lot of Influence on Classical Art Traditions

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André Lhote André Lhote  was a major ‘keeper of the keys’ for the classic point of view, his book ‘A Treatise on Landscape Painting’ is an excellent informative read. He was born on July 5, 1885 in Bordeaux, where he learned wood carving at a furniture maker’s studio at the age of thirteen. A little later […]

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The Shade School Painters – Coldstream, Uglow, and Others

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The Slade School in London has a rich tradition in the education of contemporary artisans and this excellent series fo articles highlights of few of the more prominent painters associated with The Slade. http://paintingperceptions.com/the-slade-school-of-art-part-one/

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The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

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Although, The The Society of Figurative Arts and Artists is committed to preserving and advancing the best of classical traditions we also offer up what are broadly considered to be some of the worst moments in the venerable traditions of Art. Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood set out to break down classical tradition by defaming it […]

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Humble Pie

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“It has been said that the criticism of art by an artist is never anything else than an apology for his own work. This is so far true that the expression of opinions definitely held must be the expression of ideals consciously striven for, but I should be sorry to have it thought that my […]

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