The Reformation as seen in the art of Lucas Cranach.Sep 10, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 48 • By DAVID GELERNTER
The Serpent and the Lamb is not easy to pin down. Officially, it tells the story of Martin Luther’s relations with the eminent painter Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553); Professor Ozment argues that the two men created the Protestant Reformation between them. Luther was the mastermind and Cranach, who became Luther’s publicist, champion, and protector as well as his friend, was indispensable.
8:08 AM, May 11, 2012 • By LIAM JULIAN
“Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape” is at the National Gallery of Art through August 12. The conceit of the exhibit is that Miró was no sequestered surrealist but an artist readily engaged with politics and society—“an artist of his times,” as a wall caption puts it. Visitors reading that caption might well wonder how Miró could be anything but of his “times,” for they surely were interesting ones.
1:18 PM, Apr 19, 2012 • By JAY COST
Sadly, Levon Helm – the drummer for the Band – died this afternoon at age 71. A terrible day for music fans everywhere, indeed. But let’s stop to appreciate Helm's great influence on American music.
The complex prettiness of Japanese art.Oct 3, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 03 • By EVE TUSHNET
A Sensitivity to the Seasons
Summer and Autumn in Japanese Art
The Barnes Foundation and the brilliant, eccentric man behind it.2:39 PM, Jul 24, 2011 • By EMILY SCHULTHEIS
Philanthropy magazine features Albert Barnes on the cover of its summer issue, the latest in a growing number of newspapers and magazines to run feature stories about Barnes and his museum in Pennsylvania. James Panero, writing in Philanthropy:
What Modernism looked like at the dawn of Modern Times. May 9, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 32 • By EVE TUSHNET
But with the inevitable forward march of progress come new ways of hiding things, and new things to hide.
—Chris Ware, Jimmy Corrigan:
The Smartest Kid on Earth
11:36 AM, Apr 26, 2011 • By KATHERINE EASTLAND
Who doesn’t love an animal logo? Allen Lane knew that, in 1935, when he published the first 10 Penguin books in London. The six pence paperbacks arrived in bookshops sporting the avian logo and no other graphics, just broad bands of color at the top and bottom. General fiction had orange bands; crime fiction, green; biography, dark blue. The uniform cover font was Gill Sans-Serif.
10:00 AM, Apr 16, 2011 • By EMILY SCHULTHEIS
In case you are feeling the pain of the money you paid to the federal government this week, here is a treat from the National Gallery of Art—free audio and video podcasts! So if finances are forcing you into yet another stay-cation this spring break, you can at least enjoy some of the best cultural programming that DC has to offer, all from the comfort and economy of your own home.
12:20 PM, Apr 10, 2011 • By DAVID GELERNTER
Makoto Fujimura is one of the best painters alive; there is no finer abstract painter at work today. He is a Christian who lives in New York and paints using the traditional Japanese Nihonga technique, and Crossway has just published an elegantly produced folio of the four gospels with Fujimura’s illuminations (The Four Holy Gospels, 168 pp., $129.99).
How and when Europe took note of American art.Mar 7, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 24 • By JAMES GARDNER
Edward Hopper and His Time
Whitney Museum of American Art