Father of Waters, Mississippi: Art & Travel – Mpls. City Hall, MN, USA

“Father of Waters, Mississippi” reigns in the center of the Grand Rotunda of the Minneapolis (MN) City Hall. As a child, I visited this iconic statue with my dad, rubbing his big marble toe for good luck. My blog shares photos and fun facts about the statue plus the clock tower, the bells, the stained glass skylight and marble staircase that make up his grand home.

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.

Fitness in Art and Life (Greece)

Healthy living and fitness are a recurring theme during the pandemic to combat this deadly disease. The focus on fitness as seen in the Olympic Games was key to living and witnessed in their famous sculpture such as the Diskobolos and Doryphorus – highlighted in this blog.

Valentine’s Day: Art in A Kiss (Klimt)

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ve selected Klimt’s famous painting, The Kiss” to represent this day we set aside to show love for those close to us: family, friends and lovers. For discussion on this life-size, golden art and the famous artist, check out this week’s blog.

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!

Novel Discussion: The Agony & The Ecstasy (Italy)

The novel “The Agony and The Ecstasy” changed the course of my life. I fell in love with Michelangelo, the Italian Renaissance and the lure of Italy. It lead to my becoming a professor of art history and a world traveler, leading students on 3 trips to 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!

Four Seasons – in Art & Life (Arcimboldo)

This time of year we are once again keenly aware of the changing seasons. Italian painter, Arcimboldo, was known for creating imaginative portrait heads of produce such as in his series “Four Seasons” Spring is my favorite! Read more on my blog to Celebrate the 1st day of Spring!

Art for Father’s Day 2020: Honoring Our Father (Michelangelo, Sistine Ceiling, Italy)

Who better to honor on Father’s Day, then our heavenly Father, Father of us all. And what better image than Michelangelo’s creation of Adam (also father of us all) on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Rome, Italy.