Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Walk Like an Egyptian

CNN posted an interesting article about a recent scientific discovery regarding famous mummy King Tut. Scientists now think that King Tut, who ruled during the 18th Dynasty, from 1336 B.C. to 1327 B.C., died of malaria and complications from a leg fracture. He was only 17-19 years old. I guess it also didn't help matters that he was apparently inbred from generations of keeping it in the fam. He suffered from a grocery list of possible health complications...And he married his sister!!! EWWWW.

excerpt from AP article:

"When researchers scanned Tut's mummy, they found he not only had severe kyphoscoliosis, or curvature of the spine, but also suffered from a toe malformation known as oligodactyly. The condition made his left foot swell, and it would have caused excruciating pain when he walked."

... "In his tomb, we also found 100 walking sticks. Originally we thought they represented power. But they were ancient crutches that he obviously used. He could barely stand."

Above is a picture of what King Tut would've looked like based on a recreation sponsored by National Geographic. Considering King Tut was inbred he looks fairly normal considering he could've come out looking like the boy banjo player from Deliverance!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Arnolfini Wedding, Perspective Lines

Arnolfini Wedding is such an amazing painting. It still evokes curiosity and debate from scholars with regards of how it was painted and the symbolism portrayed. It's a shame however, that it suffers from some perspective flaws. Still, it adds to the character of the painting. Afterall, Jan van Eyck was one of the first people to start painting in oil. I made this visual to show some of the perspective lines since I couldn't find a good hi-res version on the internet. Enjoy!!

Jan van Eyck
Arnolfini Wedding (Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife)
Oil on oak panel of 3 vertical boards
32.4 in × 23.6 in
National Gallery, London

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Self-Portraits by Pablo Picasso

Here's a neat little montage I created of Self-Portraits by Picasso throughout the years. It's interesting to note his versatility as an artist of Realism and Abstraction!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Detail of globe, The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein The Younger

The Ambassadors
Hans Holbein The Younger
Oil and tempera on panel
National Gallery, London, U.K.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Real Life Van Gogh

Is this what Van Gogh really would've looked like? If it is...then I'm a little freaked out!!! His face has been burned onto my brain! He looks a little too intense for my liking.

Anywho, I found this image on some random blog. They based the image on one of his most famous self-portraits...aptly tited Self-Portrait. Unfortunately, no photos exist of Van Gogh after his teens, so nobody really knows what he looked like as a man.