Sunday, February 26, 2012

New Mona Lisa


Recently the art world was sent all a twitter by the discovery of a new Mona Lisa copy. Unlike previous copies though, it appears that this one was created along side the original in Leonardo's studio. The full article on this discovery can be read here.

Martin Bailey, the author, stated that there could have been any number of reasons for this to have occurred. He also stated that the work was most likely completed by a student studying under Leonardo, and that the close examination of this copy would shed new light on how Leonardo composed this famous painting.

I have never been a huge fan, however the Mona Lisa has fascinated other viewers for centuries. When I taught art history and art appreciation, no other single work of art was asked about more regularly than this one. With this new discovery more questions are sure to be raised. What I do find interesting is the hope to learn more about how Leonardo worked. All artists work differently and I think it is interesting to compare strategies and techniques.

Calls to Artists

Petroleum Paradox: For Better or For Worse?
Eligibility: Open to all US self-identified women artists.
About the Exhibition: Petroleum Paradox: For Better or For Worse is a collaborative exhibition with the Women’s Caucus for Art and Denise Bibro Fine Art. Please upload a current Bio and Artist Resume as the Denise Bibro Gallery will be promoting the artists selected and their work.

2012 Sequim Arts Juried Art Show

Sequim Arts, located in Sequim, Washington, is seeking entries for its annual juried art exhibit. Work in both 2D and 3D form will be accepted. Cash and merchandise prizes totaling over $1,500. The show will be hosted at the Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim~Dungeness Valley exhibit space and will run from May 1 to May 28.

Works on PAPER and of CLAY - 22nd Mid-Atlantic
The d'ART Center in Norfolk, VA is holding a Call to Artists for the 22nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Art Exhibition: “Works on PAPER and of CLAY”. This national art exhibition awards $3,200 in prizes! The juried exhibition is held at d'ART Center from April 27 - June 29, 2012.
Entry Deadline: March 6, 2012. Entry Fee: $30 for 5 entries.

2012 Maritime Art Exhibition & Sale' Call for Artists
International Deadline: March 15, 2012 - The Mackinac Arts Council of Mackinac Island, Michigan is pleased to announce an exhibition of maritime themed art to be held at the Mackinac Island Public Library June 30 to July 31, 2012. The submissions will be juried by the Mackinac Arts Council Jury Committee.

First Street Gallery, New York, Call for Artists: 2012 National Juried Exhibition
Eligibilty: Open to U.S. resident artists at least 18 yrs. old. Exception: Artists currently represented by First Street Gallery.

Eligible works include oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, prints and sculpture in any medium. No photography, video, film, installation, or mechanically reproduced artwork (computer, printer, giclees, etc.). The width of work, including the frame, may not exceed 30 inches. No height limit. Maximum weight of sculpture: 50 pounds. No wall hung sculpture. Sculptors must provide floor stand with a maximum footprint of 30″ x 30″. Maximum width or depth for sculpture is 30 inches. No height limit. All work must be suitably framed, wired and ready for hanging. Works on paper must be framed under plexiglass or glass.

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