The Last Supper: Art for Holy Week (Leonardo da Vinci)

Maundy Thursday: “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci is one of most recognized art of all times. As Christians observe the last supper of Jesus with his disciples this week, this painting highlights the event and the individuals involved. My blog provides an Armchair Visit to its home base in Italy, close up photos, and insight into this masterpiece.

Smile, Mona Lisa! (Leonardo da vinci)

No study of famous art would be complete without a look at what is arguably the most famous painting in the world: the Mona Lisa–and her famous smile! Who is she? Where is she? What’s the big deal about her smile? Her eyes? Find out more on my blog!

Minneapolis Institute of Art: Mia (MN) Art & Travel

Museums are slowly re-opening after COVID forced closures. Anxious to get back to some normalcy and explore the world once again, a good first step is to starting in our own backyard. The Minneapolis Institute of Art (MN) re-opens January 28. My Top Picks to not miss on your Mia visit are in my latest blog.

Film Discussion: Tea with Mussolini (Italy)

I love Italy! The opportunity to travel to Italy, absorb its art, architecture, history, culture, and landscape has been a highlight of my life. This movie set in WWII and its star-studded cast, provides something for the lover of art, the lover of history, the traveler, and is a great intro to the intoxicating culture of Italy. Enjoy my discussion of the film on my blog.

Novel Discussion: The Agony & The Ecstasy (Italy)

Novel Discussion: Armchair travel to Italy I was a college freshman when the movie The Agony and The Ecstasy was first released in 1965. Assigned to compare a novel and its film adaptation, I selected this book and movie. This decision changed the course of my life; I was introduced to the tempestuous life andContinue reading “Novel Discussion: The Agony & The Ecstasy (Italy)”

Film Discussion: The Agony & the Ecstasy (Italy)

“The Agony and The Ecstasy” includes 3 of my favorite things: Michelangelo, Renaissance and Italy; this film has them all, and much more! Set in Florence and Rome, this in-depth drama of Michelangelo’s painting of the Sistine ceiling and his battle-of-wills with Pope Julius II is filled with history, drama and lots of great art.

Michelangelo Alert! (MOA Exhibit; Mpls, MN)

Michelangelo Alert! Rome comes to Minneapolis! The Sistine Chapel art exhibit at the MOA (Mall of America) is a phenomenal close up of one of Michelangelo’s masterpieces. It can be touched, photographed, and seen up close as never before!

Art for Halloween – or All-Hallow’s-Eve? (Luther & Cranach)

October 31st is Halloween, right? So why would I post a famous painting of a famous German theologian by a famous German artist–on Halloween? October 31st has dueling holidays, and it is more than just proximity on the calendar. Click on the painting of Luther for more information as I attempt to make the complex simple!

Let it Snow…Let it Snow…but not quite yet! Snow in Art (Bruegel)

First snow of the season! How is snow portrayed in art? “Hunters in the Snow” by Bruegel is the all time winner in the art world! The painting has always made me feel COLD, as I do in right now in our unseasonably cold and snowy autumn. Maybe that is the reason for the success of the painting; how the artist wanted us to feel! If so, he was successful. For more about this artist, this painting, and where you can see it–click on the picture for insights and information!

Museum at the Mall! (Rembrandt & the Night Watch; Amsterdam)

Museum at the Mall! Closed for months during the 2020 pandemic, art museums are now slowly re-opening to the public. To celebrate this event, the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum reenacted Rembrandt’s famous Night Watch at a local mall! Watch this fabulous event on the YouTube link provided on my post!