Frames and Pedestals, They Matter!

Our first impression of a piece of art is greatly influenced by how the work is displayed and by what surrounds it. Making the effort to consciously take note of these elements can increase our ability to read a work correctly. A closer look at a few sculptures will illustrate just what I mean. Before […] Read More

Donatello’s The Annunciation

Welcome to day 9. I’m excited that today we get to examine a work by one of the esteemed Ninja Turtles… Donatello. Born Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardi, he is generally referred to as Donatello. (Thank Goodness!) Of the great High Renaissance Master’s, only Michelangelo outranks him. Donatello lived from 1386-1466, The other Ninja […] Read More

Giotto and the Arena Chapel

Welcome to day 3. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  Luke 2:6 In a Northeast corner of Italy is the city of Padua. Even in 1303, Padua was a cosmopolitan center boasting a prestigious University. One of the residents was a man named […] Read More