24 April 2014

'Great art has dreadful manners...'

Great art has dreadful manners. The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things, visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in the headlock, rough up your composure and then proceed in short order to rearrange your sense of reality.
     ~ Simon Schama in 'The Power of Art', 2006.

David with the Head of Goliath, Caravaggio, 1610

23 April 2014

album of chilean masters

a painting by Pedro Lira. I am collecting artworks by chilean masters in a new album at Flickr, think that they- painters and works (my favorites) -  deserve an easy-to-find site where revise and admire them.

21 April 2014

18 April 2014


In good work, unity is the dominating quality, all the variety being done in conformity to some large idea of the whole, which is never lost sign of, even in the smallest detail of the work.
     ~ Harold Speed, in 'The Practice and Science of Drawing'.

Francesco Paolo Michetti, Portrait of a Girl, 1851

17 April 2014


As a number of scientists have noted, research on the human brain is complicated by the fact that the brain is struggling to understand itself.
     ~ Betty Edwards in 'Drawing with the right side of the brain', 1999.

drawing by Raphael, 1520.