March 2, 2015

Artworks Damaged/Destroyed by Islamic Totalitarians: Fragments of works by Khair Mohammed Khan Yari(?) and others(?)

Nationality: Afghani
Creation Date: Presumably 20th century
Media: Watercolor(?) and other on paper
Location: National Gallery, Kabul, Afghanistan

I found these pieces here, which is a brief article about an extremely fascinating and amazing story where a man risked his life to protect works of art from the Taliban in Afghanistan.  I saw the National Geographic documentary about this situation when it first came out and I am happy to have found it again.  In fact, I'll post a link to it below because it is really worth sharing.

Artworks Damaged/Destroyed by Islamic Totalitarians extremists Taliban Five Portraits by Khair Mohammed Khan Yari

February 28, 2015

Artworks Damaged/Destroyed by Islamic Totalitarians: Great and Minor Buddhas of Bamiyan

Nationality: Persian
Born-Died: 1748-1825
   Minor: 121 feet
   Great: 180 feet 
Creation Date:  
   Minor: 507 AD
   Great: 554 AD
Media: Sandstone, Mud, Straw, Stucco
Location: Bamiyan province, Afghanistan

"Great" Buddha Before:

Artworks Damaged/Destroyed by Islamic Totalitarians: Great and Minor Buddhas of Bamiyan

February 27, 2015

Artworks Damaged/Destroyed by Islamic Totalitarians: Nergal Gate at Ninevah

Nationality: Mesopotamian
Creation Date: c. 700 BC
Media: Granite
Location: Nineveh, Iraq

This sculpture was named after Nergal, an ancient Mesopotamian deity.  It was intended to be a protective figure.  More information about this type of human/animal sculpture can be found here

In February of 2015 ISIS attempted to deface/vandalize/destroy this huge granite sculpture.  This piece was not in great shape before 2015, but you can see that the are behind the figure's head has been removed.

Nergal Gate Ninevah Lamassu one objectivist's art object of the day art destroyed by islamic totalitarians extremists ISIS

August 8, 2012

Gustav Igler's "The Newborn"

Nationality: German
Born-Died: 1842-1908
Size: 29.33 × 34.6 in. (74.5 × 88 cm)
Creation Date: 1872
Media: Oil on canvas 
Location: Private collection

I don't recall ever seeing it before but it was in my files so I must have seen it.  When I saw it this morning, I though, "Wow, that's beautiful."  I was really struck by the color, the value contrast (meaning light and dark, not philosophical values), the gestures of the figures and the overall arrangement of the shapes.  Then, I started noticing the various narrative elements such as the cat NOT playing with the ball of string and instead staring at the boy drinking milk.  The little girl is lovingly gazing into the face of her new sibling and it seems as if the maid(?) is trying to return the child to the mother.  However, the mother isn't looking so good--she is quite shadowy.  The more I look at this image, the more questions I have.  What is the significance, if any, of the clock's time?  What is the basket above the bed?  Is the mother going to die?  I'm going to look at it a while longer.

August 5, 2012

Jacques-Louis David's "Comtesse Daru"

Seven works of art I would like to see at the Frick

I recently visited New York and seeing the Frick was part of my plans, but due to time constraints I couldn't do it.  Anyway, in an effort to turn lemons into lemonade, I'm going to post seven works of art from the Frick that I wish I could have seen.  

Nationality: French
Born-Died: 1748-1825
Size: 32.1 × 25.6 in. (81.6 × 65.1 cm)
Creation Date: 1810
Media: Oil on canvas 
Location: The Frick Collection, New York City, New York, USA

I have been a David fan for many years and whenever I get the chance to see one of his works I take it.  They generally reproduce well so I wouldn't expect it to be too different from the reproductions, but still I always enjoy seeing his work.

jacques-louis david comtesse daru one objectivist's art object of the day