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Italy’s erotic revolution in art joined the lusty to the divine | Aeon Ideas

Like most revolutions, this one was hardly total. It differed from the ‘sexual revolution’ of the 1960s in that it didn’t change social history, and no new contraceptive device liberated women from the endless cycle of marriage or prostitution. A more accurate phrase would be ‘erotic-aesthetic revolution’, radically changing the way that Italians conceived, created and thought about art.
pornography  art  painting  italia  Renaissance  aesthetics 
9 days ago by aries1988
tianjin  tradition  art  painting  festival  book  best 
february 2019 by aries1988
Romanticism’s Unruly Hero

At a time when we are grappling with doubts and diminishments in so many areas of our social, cultural, and political life, museumgoers may find themselves nonplussed by the bulldozer Romanticism of some of his work. Delacroix’s grandest canvases, along with Hector Berlioz’s operatic and symphonic works and Victor Hugo’s plays, novels, and poems, have a sweep and an insistence that can strike us as not so much authoritative as authoritarian.

During a career that spanned more than forty years, Delacroix explored a phenomenal range of subjects: Old Testament and New Testament stories; scenes from Dante, Shakespeare, and Goethe; several centuries of French history; North African life; the political upheavals of his own moment; portraits, landscapes, seascapes, nudes, and studies of animals and flowers.

Delacroix’s canvas has nothing to do with the softcore fantasies that finicky Orientalist painters served up in the salons. As scholars have pointed out in recent years, he himself made the distinction with his title, which locates these women “in their apartment”—not “in a harem.” While Jean-Léon Gérôme painted scenes in which women were often quite literally being groomed for sex, Delacroix’s women, with their easy languorous authority,

Shakespeare, who discovered the wonderfully organic shape of his plays amid the competing personalities and destinies of his heroes and heroines, may have emboldened Delacroix as he broke with the rigid structures celebrated by French Classicism.

it is fortunate that of all Delacroix’s efforts to go head to head with the masters of the Renaissance and the Baroque, the greatest remains the most accessible. Anyone can walk into the Church of Saint-Sulpice on the Left Bank and linger over his Jacob Wrestling with the Angel.
painting  art  artist  love  letter  leader  français 
november 2018 by aries1988
Rayleigh-Benard Convection (two-dimensional and very turbulent) - YouTube
Numerical simulation of highly turbulent two-dimensional Rayleigh-Benard convection. Be sure to watch this in HD!
Hot (red) fluid rises from the hot bottom plate while cold (blue) fluid falls down from the cold top plate. The mean temperature corresponds to white.
The Rayleigh number is 10^13 and the Prandtl number is 1; the aspect ratio of the simulation is 16:9.
Two seconds of the video correspond to one so-called free-fall time unit, i.e. the travel-time from plate to plate of a parcel of hot fluid that is accelerated by gravity and not slowed down by surrounding fluid.
The numerical resolution is 7680x4320 gridpoints, i.e. one pixel of the 1080p-Video corresponds to 4x4 gridpoints.
visualization  cfd  mecaflu  painting 
july 2018 by aries1988
Delacroix: last of the Old Masters or first of the new?

Romanticism was a cultural movement that began in Britain and Germany in the late 18th century and soon spread to the rest of Europe. It prioritised inspiration and individual experience over the rational values of the Enlightenment.

Delacroix uses visible brushstrokes to convey dynamism: it’s as though he has frozen a single frame and the slaughter could resume at any second. Like “Chios”, “The Death of Sardanapalus” provokes conflicting emotions in the viewer. Do we recoil in disgust or marvel at the vividness?

While she bears her chest, she is not eroticised. Her combination of robust, earthly features and celestial radiance places her somewhere between a woman-of-the-people and a goddess. Delacroix modelled her form on the Venus de Milo, which was discovered in 1820 and arrived at the Louvre the following year.

The “Women of Algiers”, more restrained than his earlier paintings, is a sumptuous depiction of a harem.

Delacroix has been described as “the last Old Master”, his paintings a culmination of four centuries of European art.

Looking at this quickness of the brushstrokes in this painting, it’s clear how Delacroix, although he painted from memory rather than en plain air, laid the ground for the Impressionists.
painting  painter  story  art  XVIIII  leader  français  louvre  comparison 
may 2018 by aries1988
Simon Schama on the tirelessly versatile Hokusai

the supply of woodblock prints — costing about the price of a double helping of noodles — transformed how art was consumed. It was a genre invented to satisfy the cultural appetite of the biggest city in the world, the million-plus population of Edo (now Tokyo).

as at Versailles, an emasculated, over-dressed, politically pointless class compensated for its impotence with stupendous conspicuous consumption. That led to the rise of a merchant class to service their ever more extravagant needs.

Like all brilliant entertainment cultures drenched in feel-good fantasy, it gorged on sex and celebrity, sentimental romance and over-the-top dramatics.

'Dragon in rain clouds' (1849) © Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet, Paris
art  artist  japanese  scenery  painting  sea 
may 2017 by aries1988
Making Art on the Open Seas - The New York Times
"Shipyard Worker, Nantong, China"
I was flown to China to meet a ship that had just gotten a bunch of work done in shipyard. I spent three really cold winter nights with this guy, standing security watch on the gangway. We did our best to communicate. I hand-rolled him some cigarettes. He let me take his photo in exchange. Every time a female worker came on the ship, he did the curvy woman outline with his hands. Credit: Martin Machado
art  painting  ocean  ship  cargo  people  world  port  transport 
may 2016 by aries1988

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