Monthly Archives: February 2017

Augustus of Primaporta

In case you’ve been dreaming of going to Rome all your life, we’ve got great news for you–that’s where Sylvester is taking us today! Roman culture is perhaps the best known and wealthiest in available knowledge among ancient cultures.  Art, …

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Girl on the Beach by Joaquín Sorolla

Joaquín Sorolla was born on February 27, 1863 in Valencia, Spain.  He painted portraits and landscapes, but he is best recognized for his beach scenes, with their warm sunlight and reflections on the water. Sorolla was so well recognized that …

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Young Girls at the Piano by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born on February 25, 1841 in France.  He is one of the most prominent figures in the Impressionist movement in art.  His legacy lived on not only in his art, which has survived and thrived since his …

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Watching the Breakers by Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer was born on February 24, 1836 in Boston.  He painted landscapes, particularly marine scenes, capturing in loose brush strokes the wild spirit of the vastness of nature.  You can nearly feel the wind in his paintings when you …

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Tomb of the Triclinium

Today Sylvester is going to take us into Etruscan culture, which will be particularly interesting since no one really knows much about who the Etruscans even were!  Everything we do know, we got from art–which is pretty cool.  Art can …

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Washington Before Yorktown by Rembrandt Peale

Rembrandt Peale was born on February 22, 1778 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  He is best known for his portraits of famous people, particularly presidents. Peale’s father was an accomplished artist and named him after the Dutch master Rembrandt.  The boy …

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Kritios Boy

Today, Sylvester is going to take us to ancient Greece and tell us about the Kritios Boy.  Now, it’s hard to get any sense of Greek art from looking at one piece because there was such an evolution in style …

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The Storm by Pierre Auguste Cot

Pierre Auguste Cot was born on February 19, 1837 in Bedarieux.  He was a French academic painter of some renown, and two of his paintings in particular, The Storm (showed above) and Springtime (showed below) have maintained popularity. Cot studied at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts and …

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Pastoral Window by Louis Comfort Tiffany

Louis Comfort Tiffany was born on February 18, 1848.  He is best known for his stained glass art, that which he created and designed, and his name has lived on as his family stained glass company has continued to prosper. …

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The Toreador Fresco and the Palace of Knossos

Today, Sylvester is going to tell us about the Toreador Fresco and the Palace of Knossos.  That’s right, the one with the Minotaur from ancient Greek mythology.  Did you know the palace there actually exists?! Up until the late 1800’s, almost everything …

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