Clay Pottery Slab Building : How to Form a Round Vase

Clay Pottery Slab Building : How to Form a Round Vase

So now we’re ready to make our base. The first thing we want to do is we want this textured side to be the outside, so we’re going to flip this slab right on over. Now we’re going to take our form, we want one of these straight sides to line up with the bottom. […]

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Expert Saber Sparring: Lee Smith vs Richard Marsden

Expert Saber Sparring: Lee Smith vs Richard Marsden

[dramatic music] [audience laughs] Haha, yours! [laughter] Yours, tip. Nice! This is harder than it looks, people! It looks hard, actually. *deep sighs* -It’s even harder. [laughter] Almost. -Agh. Whew! Yes! [audience murmurs] Did you see how I blocked it ? -Yeah. Oh, nice! Oh, nice! -Ooo! Awesome! [audience murmurs and applauds]

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Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part II : Understanding Art: Eugene Delacroix

Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part II : Understanding Art: Eugene Delacroix

This is a romantic painting by a romantic French artist called Delacroix. A movement called Romanticism, whose major figure was Delacroix himself, was a reaction against the art academies, which were founded both in Italy and France and after Italy and France, pretty much all over Europe. In the academic art world, there were very […]

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Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Diego Velazquez: Tavern Scene

Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Diego Velazquez: Tavern Scene

This is a painting by Velazquez, a very famous Spanish artist. And the painting is titled “Tavern scene”. This is a typical topic and genre of the time. The painting was made in the first two decades of the 17th century; quite precisely around 1622. And this is the period of the Golden Age in […]

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Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part II : Understanding Art: Monet

The art academies could not stand anything that went against traditions, and the traditions, for centuries, were about following the footsteps of great masters, and following antique ideas. Classicism and historicism was something that was favored by official art historians and artists themselves, the leaders of the art academies. But this style, what we can […]

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Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part II : Paul Gauguin: “The Black Pigs”

Gauguin, getting fed up with the values of the civilized Europe, he decided to go away, to go away as far as possible from Europe, and eventually ended up in Tahiti. In Tahiti, he developed a completely different style of painting because he felt closer to the simplicity of life, in a society which was […]

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Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Understanding Art: Style of Goya

This is the time of Romanticism as far as the art historical period is concerned. A lot of people might be wondering why I call this painting itself Romantic. Goya is one of the most famous Romantic artists because by looking at the painting, you can see fight, you can see war, you can see […]

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Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Understanding Art: Style of El Greco

Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : Understanding Art: Style of El Greco

The composition is crowded. The Mannerist painters did not want to have the kind of harmony Renaissance painters were craving for. Mannerist artists and one of the most emblematic Mannerist artist is El Greco himself. He wanted to express religious, deep emotions, and devotion. This death of religiosity produces expressive colors and by saying expressive […]

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Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part II : Understanding Art: Paul Gauguin

Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part II : Understanding Art: Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin who was the contemporary of many famous 19th century artists such as Monet, Manet, Delacroix, created another different style, another reaction to the strict rules of the Art Academy of France. He wanted to get away of the civilization of Europe as much as possible because he felt more comfortable in a remote […]

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Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : El Greco: “The Agony in the Garden”

Understanding Art Through Budapest Fine Arts Museum: Part I : El Greco: “The Agony in the Garden”

This is a famous Mannerist painting by a very famous Mannerist painter called El Greco. El Greco is regarded as a Spanish painter and indeed he’s a Spanish painter although his name means “the Greek”, El Greco. And the reasons why we still regard him as a Spanish painter, because most of his time and […]

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