Archive for September, 2008

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a French artist in the late 19th Century and is included as among the great artists of the Post-Impressionist period. Henri was born on November 24, 1864 in Albi, Tarn which is located in the Midi-Pyrenees region in France. He was born from an aristocratic family that has fallen on hard times. Henri was the firstborn child to Comte Alphonse and Comtesse Adele de Toulouse-Lautrec. Early LifeHenri became a victim of inbreeding between two closely related families, th…

The Charioteer of Delphi

The Charioteer of Delphi is one of the most notable of Ancient Greek statues that still exist today. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of the ancient Greek bronze statues. It is a life-size representation of an ancient Greek chariot driver with the actual chariot already missing with the reins handled by the driver only the ones remaining to suggest it. OriginsThe statue, which is also known as the Heniokhos or the “rein holder”, was found in 1896 at the Sanctuary of Apollo in D…

Choosing Oil Painting Pigments

Another important part of doing oil paintings is using the right pigments. With a vast range of pigments now available today, it can be quite a challenge trying to get those that are required for a certain project. Instead of trying to get all of them as part of your own art supplies, it would be more reasonable to learn how to choose the right pigments and getting only those that would meet the most requirements. Pigment PropertiesThe best way to choose oil painting pigments is to know more ab…

Winged Victory of Samothrace

The Winged Victory of Samothrace is one of the most famous and celebrated of ancient sculptures today. This famous sculpture is also known as the Nike of Samothrace, being a 3rd Century BC marble sculpture of the Greek Goddess of Victory. It has been prominently displayed at the Louvre since 1884. The Winged Victory was first discovered by Charles Campoiseau, a French diplomat and amateur archaeologist in 1863 on the small island of Samothrace in Greece. The statue was then sent to Paris the sam…

Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava is a well-known award-winning Spanish architect, structural engineer and sculptor. Calatrava was known for his highly creative architectural structures that seem to merge both art and engineering design. Broad appeal to his creative architectural designs has led to making structures not only in Spain but also all over the world. Early EducationCalatrava was born on July 28, 1951 in Benimamet, a small town now part of Valencia, Spain. He learned the craft first at the age of ei…