Ultramarine Blue

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The Romans traded for lapis lazuli which was mined in Afghanistan as it still is today.  They named the stone after its long journey from the east across the Mediterranean “Ultramarine blue” not because it looked like the blue of … Continued

Working From Photos and Other Models

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A new exhibition opening at Bowdoin College centers on the American landscape painter Winslow Homer  use of his camera.  Homer was certainly not alone.  By the late 19th century landscape painters and figure painters like Thomas Eakins had adopted photography … Continued

Ships, Boats, and Harbors

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Beginning in the 17th century we can track many changes in style in Euro-American art history through harbor-scapes. Maritime business success in the 1600s in Holland created a new type of collector. This new merchant class affirmed their status through … Continued