Walking Wounded: Quick Bite

Today on Museum Quick Bites we’re taking a stroll with Alberto Giacometti’s, Three Men Walking II (1948-1949), on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. Gaunt and gangly, Giacometti crafted a series of these bronze figures to symbolize the physical and emotional trauma he and others were experiencing after World War II.

Furry Friends: Quick Bite

Today on Museum Quick Bites we’re celebrating our furry friends with a look at Bartolomeo Passarotti’s, Portrait of a Man with a Dog (c1585-1592) on display at Musei Capitolini in Rome, Italy.

Fever Dream: Quick Bite

Today on Museum Quick Bites we’re digging into Salvador Dalí’s, Inventions of Monsters (1937). This eerie, desolate dreamscape portrays a world gone mad. Which seems especially relevant given our current events. Dalí’s surrealist paintings are heavy on symbolism and filled with bizarre juxtapositions, and Inventions of Monsters does not disappoint.

Not Business as Usual

Dear Readers – The world has gone off the rails these past few weeks. I am outraged and heartbroken by the murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the countless men and women who have been killed or abused because of their skin color. Instead of researching and writing this blog, I’ve been investing my time in listening and learning more about how to be an anti-racist and how to actively promote anti-racism. I encourage you to do the same. Following are several links to get you started.

The Avenger: Quick Bite

Today on Museum Quick Bites we’re taking a closer look at Ernst Barlach’s, The Avenger (1922), a bronzed beauty that bristles with intensity. Bent at the hip and balancing on one foot with a sword clasped in his hands, The Avenger lunges toward an unseen foe. His flowy robes resemble those of a whirling dervish. If it wasn’t for the sword, The Avenger would appear to be skating or executing a tricky yoga pose. Aside from his pursed lips, his expression appears blank. Is he numb to the task?

Recreate!

Dear Readers -- My daughter and I took a stab at recreating Artemisia Gentileschi's Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes (c1623-1625--see photo comparison below) as part of the Detroit Institute of Arts #RecreateDIA challenge. It was a lot of fun, especially adding the COVID-19 twist 😉 Hope you enjoy! ~cjverb

Mom: Quick Bite

Mother’s Day is on the horizon and today on Museum Quick Bites we’re celebrating moms with a look at George de Forest Brush’s Mother and Child (c1897-1900). With rosy cheeks and wispy curls framing their faces, this adorable pair is timeless.

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