Archive for October, 2007

The Pieta by Michelangelo

A pieta is an Italian word for artworks that depict the Virgin Mary cradling the body of the dead Jesus. There are many notable pietas that have been made by various artists throughout history. Probably the most well known of all is La Pieta by Michelangelo. Michelangelo’s La Pieta can be found in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It is the only work of the famed artist that contained his signature (found on a diagonal ribbon that is carved across the Virgin Mary’s breast). His signature on the La P…

Auguste Rodin

Francois Auguste Rene Rodin was a notable French artist who became more famous for his wonderful sculptures.  He was considered as one of the few sculptors who were able to gain wide recognition outside the visual arts world. Rodin was also considered as pioneer of modern sculpture. His works clashed with the rules set out by figure sculpture tradition. Rodin was born on November 12, 1840 in Paris, France. He was the second child to Jean Baptiste and Marie Cheffer Rodin, a working class family. …

Top 10 Skylines in the World

They say that a city’s skyline is an art by itself. The many skyscrapers create a backdrop along the horizon, with its many windows glisten during the day while its many lights glitter during the night.Skyline is the city’s silhouette, an artificial horizon created by its overall structure. Skylines also serve as a kind of fingerprint of a particular city, as no two skylines are alike. With many cities emerging with taller and grander structures, we could not help but compare skylines of major c…

Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's Masterpiece House

Fallingwater is a well known architectural masterpiece that is located in rural southwestern Pennsylvania. It is a house that was designed by well-known American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935. It was unique in that the home was built partly over a waterfall and features other architectural designs that were quite distinctive during its time. Fallingwater was a home that was initially owned by Edgar Kaufmann Sr. who was a successful businessman in Pittsburg. The Kaufmanns owned a property …

The Gherkin of London

When you find yourself somewhere in the vicinity of London’s financial district, you may notice an odd-looking building that towers above the maze of other buildings in the area. Its unique oblong shape has made it quite a noticeable landmark in the city. It is a building known as 30 St. Mary Axe, more popularly known as “The Gherkin”. The Gherkin is a 180-meter tall building located in London’s busy financial district, also considered as the city’s second tallest building after Tower 42. Its pr…

The Venus de Milo

The Venus de Milo is an ancient Greek statue that is one of the most recognizable sculptures in the world. Also known as the Aphrodite of Milos, this marble sculpture is said to depict the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite. It stands at about 80 inches high, making it slightly larger than life size. Aside from its form, the statue is made recognizable by its missing arms. This sculpture was said to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch as was found out from an inscription written on the…