High Art vs iArt “Mona Lisa Glitch” Background for iPad

High Art vs iArt…  here is a “background image” for your iPad. Produced by MarkBattyPublisher.com, and free to use on your Apple tablet…  the most peculiar thing is: no matter how you tilt your iPad you could swear that the Mona Lisa is LOOKING AT YOU. And well she may be. As it turns out […]

“The Mona Lisa Curse” (2008, Robert Hughes, Full Movie) … is now back up on youtube

^ (via Neil Ferber’s Sculptor’s Diary Blog) Previously on Art is Life: “Caravaggio” (Robert Hughes, 1975, Full Documentary) “The Mona Lisa Curse” (2008, Robert Hughes, Full Movie) Robert Hughes: on the Business of Art… and on Hype … “isn’t it a miracle how much money and so little ability can produce?” Robert Hughes, “the greatest art […]

The Mona Lisa, this time BALD to promote cancer awareness

We’ve seen Leonardo’s mysterious Lady with a mustache, with sunglasses… and smoking a joint. Now it’s her turn to be sheared for the Italian Cancer Non-Profit ANT. The campaign is directed by Stefano Ginestroni, the art director Lorenzo Guagni and the copywriter Lisa Cecconi – it’ll make its way in print and online in the […]

The Da Vinci Museum exhibits “The Other Mona Lisas”

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the stealing of the Louvre Mona Lisa, the Museo Ideale Leonardo Da Vinci hosts an art exhibit of the “other Mona Lisas” – most famous among them the so-called “Naked Mona Lisa” (aka Monna Vanna) attributed to one of Leonardo’s pupils, Salai, and Marcel Duchamp’s improved Mona […]

This just in: Isleworth Mona Lisa confirmed, by new tests, as a true Leonardo! … – er, wait, THIS just in: Isleworth Mona Lisa scientific findings debunked as “nonsense;” painting back to dubitable status

Stop the presses… or is it the the servers? The Isleworth Mona Lisa gets “Confirmed as True” in the media, apparently because the foundation that bears her name – and is actively championing her status as an earlier version of the mysterious Florentine woman as a work of Leonardo – has … unveiled the results […]

“The Mona Lisa Curse” (2008, Robert Hughes, Full Movie)

^ Previously on Art is Life: Robert Hughes: on the Business of Art… and on Hype … “isn’t it a miracle how much money and so little ability can produce?” Robert Hughes, “the greatest art critic of our time” … on Pop Art and Andy Warhol

“Art is Life” (the blog): a “user’s manual”

As you may have noticed we’ve practically stopped blogging Art is Life – we may post something on the “why” in the coming days … in the meantime we catch up and post a few things we’ve had lying around… along with this Art is Life “how-to.” We’ve posted about art and cultural events happening “in-and-around” Pietrasanta for […]

Painting is Loving ____________ “The Lunatic,” Lorenzo Viani, 1907 – 09

Lorenzo Viani is a genius of Italian art of the 1900s. Painter, sculptor, writer, he was active in his native Viareggio and produced hundreds of works; he is often associated with the Italian Expressionist Avant-garde. While traveling to Paris he saw the work of Van Gogh – and met Picasso. He was an influential voice […]

“Nude Offending a Staircase” ____________ Nudity still manages to provoke, make the (art)news; … we state flatly that this post is NOT a provocation!

It’s 2014, more than a century and a half since Courbet painted his “Origine du Monde” and all the while, because of its Puritan roots, the nude has consistently been a controversial subject in the States. Lord Kenneth Clark, in his 1956 “The Nude: a Study in Ideal Form” makes the often quoted distinction between the naked body […]

Painting is Loving ____________ Gian Piero Gasparini, “Mille Lire” 2012

Aaaah, the long-lost 1000 Lira banknote… the currency of a “Shredded Italy” … a “centuries-long moralistic-rhetoric dream of writers and poets.” From Gian Piero Gasparini’s website, linked here. Previously on Art is Life: “Know Your Money” The new $100 ill “Know Your Money” (con’t) we present the “Sir Winston Churchill Banknote Concept” Painting is Loving ____________ “One […]

Tom Wolfe on Modern Art

^ Previously on Art is Life: “The Mona Lisa Curse” (2008, Robert Hughes, Full Movie) … is now back up on youtube “The New Shock of The New” (2004, Robert Hughes, Full Movie) Robert Hughes: on the Business of Art… and on Hype … “isn’t it a miracle how much money and so little ability […]

“Art is Life!” ______________ a list of our top posts from yesterday

We post a post about posts, our top posts for yesterday, to be precise, … a meta-post of posts recently read, of sorts. The list gives you – and us – an idea what folks are reading ’round these parts. We invite you dear reader to tell us your thoughts regarding this here blog, to […]

Rapper Jay Z’s ‘Picasso Baby’ – the video and the lyrics

The wonderful Criticismism does a great job breaking down the lyrics to Jay Z’s “Picasso Baby.” In the song, Jay Z trades a Rothko for a brothel and, in an apparent nod to Jonathan Richman, calls himself “an asshole” and “the modern-day Picasso.” The rap artist will star in an HBO special – a “Performance […]

The Best Of “Art is Life” – …the Top Posts of First Quarter 2013

Elitist … or revolutionary? Roger Scruton’s “Why Beauty Matters” (2009 BBC, Full Episode) Corsi di Scultura: Sculpture Courses in Pietrasanta for artists & sculptors of all levels and for all budgets List of Marble and Sculpture Studios in Pietrasanta Classic Metal rocks the house – Epic “Bronze” Exhibition of 150 bronzes at London’s Royal Academy fêtes the mighty […]

The Canons of Beauty in the history of art – the Golden Mean

Is there a mathematical key to beauty? Artists have designed harmonious relationships based on pure geometric forms since time immemorial – some applied the Golden Mean to their figures and their landscapes to create dazzling compositions. While Polykleitos gets the credit for inventing the Canon – the 4th c. BCE Greek sculptor wrote a true milestone […]