MUSEUM BLOG TO FOLLOW RESTORATION OF FAMOUS VAN GOGH ‘THE BEDROOM’
A new blog from the Van Gogh Musuem, will soon have weekly updates of the restoration work with pictures and video, that will allow art lovers to follow the restoration, step by step, of Dutch post impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh’s famous “The Bedroom”.
“It is the first time we have rendered each step of a restoration accessible to the public in this way,” the museum’s director Axel Ruger said in a statement. Follow the VanGoghMuseum.com/BedroomSecrets blog here. via theindependent
THE MONA LISA SMILE CREATED WITH A TRICK
A study has claimed the Mona Lisa enigmatic smile was created by a special painting technique which tricks the eye into thinking the expression is changing depending where a person focuses their gaze. This illusion is created using the “sfumato” technique in which layers of paint are added on top of each another to create subtle changes in shading.
If her eyes are stared at, it appears she has a subtle smile on her lips. But if the onlooker shifts their gaze to her mouth, then the smile disappears. Read the whole article: telegraph
‘CURIOUS GEORGE SAVES THE DAY – THE ART OF MARGRET AND H.A. REY’ AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM NYC
The mischievous Curious George, the beloved, little monkey of children’s book lore, is famous for his ability to “save the day.” Interpreting the role he played in safeguarding his own creators in times of danger as symbolic, this exhibition delves into the remarkable lives and works of Margret and H. A. Rey who fled Nazi-occupied France in 1940, with a Curious George manuscript in their suitcase. During a tense inspection of their belongings by a border official, children’s illustrations were found and they were allowed to continue on their way, eventually reaching the United States.
Approximately 80 drawings and watercolors of the character will be on view, along with documents relating to the Rey’s escape from Europe. The exhibition at The Jewish Museum is running though August 1, 2010.