For today's prompt about writing from a different point of view, I decided to describe a work of art from the perspective of a figure depicted in the work. I have chosen Edouard Manet's Railroad (Gare St-Lazare) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., a painting noted for its opaque psychology, unclear narrative, and… Continue reading WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #9: What Manet’s Girls Saw
Today's prompt told me to write stream of conscious for at least 15 minutes in order to develop a habit of writing every day. The topic I was given was to write about three songs that affect me and how they make me feel. I did the assignment and was pleased with what I wrote,… Continue reading WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #3 – thoughts on art
This gargoyle is so strange! From the differences in the stone, I assume that the creepy head is a later alteration or restoration, but I'm still not sure what the figure is supposed to represent. The words "crazed donkey" come to mind, however.
In gargoyles, as in most other things, you can never go wrong with the classics. This mysterious and slightly menacing chimera resides on Notre Dame in Paris. I imagine that he would look quite creepy and expressive at night, and I can completely understand why do many writers (at all levels of success) have been inspired by gargoyles.
Harry Potter fans (such as myself) will certainly enjoy this basilisk grotesque carved into the façade of Amiens Cathedral in France. It is interesting that the basilisk (or cockatrice) of medieval legend looks almost nothing like the one described in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but its other characteristics and the deadly effects… Continue reading Fantastic Beasts (Oh Look, I Found One)
Link to an article I wrote for HeadStuff.org about prehistoric European cave paintings. These paintings, which date back millennia, are the oldest known paintings in world history. They give us our best clues about the origins and art and why humans first felt compelled to create it.
A selection of beautiful paintings by Pierre Auguste Renoir - all depicting my two favorite things, ice skating and dancing.
One highly fanciful legend exists about the origin of the first gargoyle. It concerns a dragon who terrorized the town of Rouen, in France.
I have started reading the first of the three gargoyle books I got from the library: Holy Terrors: Gargoyles on Medieval Buildings by Janetta Rebold Benton, an art history professor at Pace University. I have only read the introduction so far, but it was lengthy and contained lots of good material, so I thought I… Continue reading The First Bit of My Gargoyle Research
In one of my last posts, I promised that I would talk about non-architectural grotesques. So meet the Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux, a fourteenth-century illustrated French prayer book by Jean Pucelle. It now resides at the Cloisters in New York, and I highly recommend going to see it. It is certainly not the only medieval… Continue reading Demons in Pen and Ink