Category Archives: Art and artists

Free Art Books From the Guggenheim and others

 

Guggenheim collection online:

https://archive.org/details/guggenheimmuseum

The Guggenheim has one of the largest collections of Kandinsky’s works in the world:

https://www.guggenheim.org/exhibition/kandinsky-3

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has hundreds of books available online:

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications/titles-with-full-text-online

The Getty’s virtual library:

http://www.getty.edu/publications/virtuallibrary/index.html

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Paints & Pigments & The Sun

https://plus.google.com/+YonatanZunger/posts/EfmdR6VWvRM

 

Follow the link to read more.

…………To be a good pigment, first and foremost, something has to have a nice, bright color. The way pigments produce color is that light shines on them, and they absorb some, but not all, of the colors of light. (Remember that white light is a mixture of many colors of light) For example, red ochre, a.k.a. hematite, a.k.a. anhydrous iron oxide (Fe2O3), absorbs yellow, green and blue light, so the light that reflects off of it is reddish-orange. (This happens to be the pigment that’s used in barn paint, so we’re going to come back to it.) Light is absorbed when a photon (a particle of light) strikes an electron in the pigment and is absorbed, transferring its energy to the electron. But quantum mechanics tells us that an electron can’t absorb just any amount of energy: the particular energies (and therefore colors) that it can absorb depend on the layout of the electrons in the material, which in turn depends on its chemistry.

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Michelangelo’s David

Photographed him awhile ago and still marvel at the ability of the italian people to be so talented in so many different arts, from music to painting to sculpture. They are not merely talented, they are magnificent in so many directions.. i sometimes think the Italians were the chosen peoples. Although of course we shouldn’t forget that the aesthetic was invented and handed down by the Greeks. It really is difficult to make beautiful things, it is much easier to do nothing or to make half things and half baked artworks, it is much easier to destroy or to simply deflect and pass the time anonymously and with no blame or judgement.


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