‘Culture’ is fuelled by forms of extravagance.

“We condemn extravagance that is wasteful or tasteless and yet we tour monuments of past extravagance, such as the Forbidden City in Beijing or the palace at Versailles, as highly admirable. The truth is that much of what we call ‘culture’ is fuelled by forms of extravagance.” (…)   Source > Aeon.com. – Atelier : Art […]

If culture too expansive …

Without public access, a culture becomes dead, an inert shell that serves as a shill for profit, while too rarefied and remote to thrive. > J. Goodman. https://aeon.com. The quaestores of modern times use health, religion, and access to sports and art just like those of the Middle Ages used salvation: to exploit people by pricing what […]

The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal. 2012.

Tim is relaxing with his family in the kitchen of his large, rural (second) home. His business partner (in yellow) has just told him that he is now an extremely wealthy man, as they have sold their software business to Richard Branson. On the table is a still life demonstrating the cultural bounty of his […]

Saint Sebastian Cured by Irene. 1665.

Luca Giordano. 1634 – 1705. Musée ou collection : Philamuseum. Sebastian, a Roman soldier turned Christian, was stripped and shot with arrows for shielding Christian martyrs in defiance of the Emperor. He is shown here under the care of Saint Irene, who miraculously removed the arrows and healed his wounds. Sebastian’s triumph over his affliction led him […]

Gallery of the Louvre, 1831–1833.

“There were no museums here, as yet, in the 1830s, and no color representations of paintings.” Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872) Terra Foundation for American Art. Les pionniers d’un art américain. Samuel Morse, John Singleton Copley, Charles Peales, Gilbert Stuart. “So he (Morse) was going to bring the culture of Europe — mainly the Renaissance Italian masterpieces […]

Tommies Bathing, 1918.

In 1918, Sargent received a commission from the British government for a monumental painting commemorating the joint efforts of American and British troops during World War I. That summer, he traveled to the western front in the valley of the Somme in search of a subject. He painted a number of informal watercolors, including these sketches […]

Susan Walker Morse (The Muse) 1836–37

Samuel Morse The American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art  An ambitious farewell to his career as an artist. Stymied by a lack of financial success, he abandoned painting for science and inventing. The painting shows the daughter of Samuel Morse at about the age of seventeen, sitting with a sketchbook in her lap and […]