Tag Archives: Andrea Mantegna

forget the formula

It is not a picture that follows any compositional formula very closely. Yet, it is still organized with a high degree of definition. A question to ask is how Mantegna has organized the multitude of precisely executed detail into a … Continue reading

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are what you eat

You are what you eat? Heed the advice of Ibn Botlan, author of the first best-selling health manual, the Tacuinum Sanitatis….The advice offered was enhanced by the lively miniature ┬áimages from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries that bordered on the … Continue reading

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taking it on the chin

Defeat- complete national defeat- is an experience that happily is foreign so far to the United States and Great Britain. In these histories there is nothing comparable to the Prussian disasters at Jena and Austerlitz in 1806, leading to the … Continue reading

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death of republics: beware of feuding nobles

What kills representative government? It is not always the mob. It is one of the revealing curiosities of history that the founders of the American republic were none to sanguine about the viability of republican government. It began with the … Continue reading

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at the speed of a mouse: ease of epiphany

Battle of the prophets? Back a thousand years ago, the Jewish sage Maimonides had no illusions about an Islamic Golden Age. For a Jew it was a precarious existence and he thought and witnessed the particular animus of Muslim culture … Continue reading

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Crosses to bear

Jesus’ trial,the action of the Jewish leaders, and the alteration of the charge, are a source of much controversy. Eventually, the question has to be posed as to whether Christ was condemned to death by the Jews, as tradition has … Continue reading

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the good book says

There has always been this conflict over religion and fascism that when posited, by the liberal, individualist tradition, notably by a Christopher Hitchens or Slvaj Zizek, there is connection invoked between the two; part of the popular secular culture dialog … Continue reading

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but you’re knocked on your ass

by Art Chantry ( art@artchantry.com) … ALI! my vote for ‘man of the 20th century’. i don’t think you can make a list of true heroes of mind and conscience and just plain LIFE without putting him near the top. … Continue reading

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Tempesta: enigma of of visual poetry

It is a rhetoric of enigma and the art of indeterminacy. Behind this curtain is a paradox of narrative mystification. Giorgione is the most mysterious and perhaps the greatest of all Venetian Renaissance artists- but only a handful of paintings … Continue reading

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SOLILOQUY of the DREAMING ARTIST: Two Natures in One Person

During the Renaissance a new notion of the individual was created. This identity was formed through knowledge based on the relationship of the individual to the world in which they lived. At the time, new forms of knowledge were being … Continue reading

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