Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Here 'Ave Some Art...

... It's Good for Ya!!!

My, I almost forgot. Already. (I must admit it is rather heavy on the Renaissance stuff and even does a bit of recycling (as it comes very early in the QB), unlike many of its other A&C brethren)

Art & Crafts
1. Which 1455-60 panel by Piero della Francesca, depicting Jesus Christ during a part of his Passion and on display at Urbino’s Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, is much admired for its use of linear perspective and air of stillness, which earned it the epithet "the Greatest Small Painting in the World" from Kenneth Clark (dad of diarist MP Alan)?
2. Sinclair Lewis applauded which 1942 painting as "dullness made God"?
3. Which London gallery was opened in 1856 and moved to its current location in 1896, where further two extensions were built in 1933 and 2000 that were funded by Lord Duveen and Dr Christopher Ondaatje respectively?
4. An assistant to Perugino, Bernardino di Betto (c.1454-1513) painted the frescoes in the Borgia Apartments in The Vatican and Siena Cathedral’s Piccolomini Library illustrating the history of Pope Pius II, as well as The Return of Odysseus. He used which pseudonym?
5. Co-founder of the Neue Sachlichkeit movement, which German-born Expressionist and Dadaist was labelled "Cultural Bolshevist Number One" for his graphic depictions of the depravity of war and was also known for such paintings as Kristallnacht and To Oskar Panizza?
6. Which American took the award-winning photograph of a policeman covering a hairy streaker's private parts at Twickenham in 1974 (the offender is alleged to have said: "Give us a kiss")?
7. Which Dutch painter’s large group portrait of 1648, Banquet of the Amsterdam Civic Guard in Celebration of the Peace of Münster, was said by Joshua Reynolds to be "perhaps, the first picture of portraits in the world, comprehending more of those qualities which make a perfect portrait than any other I have ever seen"?
8. In July 2009, Mesh II was raked into a California beach. Designed to be glimpsed and lost to the next tide, it is one of more than ephemeral 100 sand works by which San Franciscan?
9. In Japanese art, what are Shunga?
10. Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591-1666), whose painting Et in Arcadia ego is in Rome’s Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, was nicknamed “Il Guercino”. What did it mean?








The Answers to the Above
1. Flagellation of Christ
2. Nighthawks (by Edward Hopper). The scene was inspired by since demolished diner in Greenwich Village. The now vacant lot is known as Mulry Square.
3. National Portrait Gallery. The 5th Earl of Stanhope, Thomas Babington Macaulay and Thomas Carlyle are mainly credited with its founding, with Stanhope first proposing it as an MP in 1846. They are each commemorated with busts over the main entrance.
4. Pinturicchio (meaning ‘little painter’). It is also a nickname given to Juventus footballer Alessandro Del Piero by Gianni Agnelli.
5. George Grosz. Born Georg Ehrenfried Groß, he changed his name in 1916 out a romantic enthusiasm for America, which he gained from reading James Fenimore Cooper and Karl May.
6. Ian Bradshaw. The streaker was Michael O’Brien and England and France were playing that day. War photographer Don McCullin said it was the one image he wished he’d taken in 2006.
7. Bartholomeus van der Helst (the Peace of Münster was also called the Treaty of Westphalia)
8. Andres Amador. His work comes under the banner “Earthscape Art” and “Light Sculpture”. 9. Erotic pictures (it means ‘picture of spring’, spring being a common euphemism for sex). It might also be termed "old Japanese porn".
10. ‘The squinty-eyed one’ (his other works include Susanna and the Elders (1617), Aurora (1621) and Semiramis Receives the News of Insurrection at Babylon (1645)


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