WTF Art History

For everyone interested in art history who has asked, WTF?

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  1. Marinus van Reymerswaele, St Jerome @phxart

     
     
  2. Pollice verso, Gérôme @phxart

     
     
  3. Frederick Macmonnies, Nathan Hale @phxart #ArtHistoryHunk

     
     
  4. Jesus’ Hairy Nips and Pits @phxarts

     
     
  5. A Chic, 1950s Alternative to Green on St Patrick’s Day: The Clover Leaf Dress

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    Charles James, Clover Leaf, 1953, silk and synthetic.  Photo: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Cornelius V. Whitney, 1953 (2009.300.779)

    Read more about this exquisite dress here.

     
     
  6. A Lover with Dismembered Arms

    Detail of a miniature of Imagination showing the Knight a man with dismembered arms, from the ‘Imaginacion de vraye noblesse’, England/Netherlands (Sheen/Bruges), 1496-1497, Royal MS 19 C VIII, f. 32v - See more at: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2014/02/an-illustrated-guide-to-medieval-love.html#sthash.AlWrV9NN.dpuf

     
     
  7. Hieronymus Bosch’s Booty Music

    Hieronymus Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights (details), c. 1490-1510, oil on panel.  Museo del Prado, Madrid

    In case you haven’t heard, a college student transcribed and recorded a musical score written across the bum of an individual in Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights.  The ever-so-delightful Anderson Cooper featured the story on The RidicuList, which you can see here.

     
     
  8. Giacometti at the Getty: Morning Light, Frontal Profile

    Giacometti at the Getty: Morning Light, Frontal Profile

     
     
  9. Beyond the great wave: Hokusai’s The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife, 1814, wood-block print

    Beyond the great wave: Hokusai’s The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife, 1814, wood-block print

     
     
  10. La Piscine: André Diligent Art and Industry Museum (with art by Gérôme, Picasso, and Robert De Niro)