DAILY ART FIX: 5 Weird Portraits from Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna

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Portrait of Peter Gonsalvus, 1580

The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria holds a collection of art that spans centuries. These items serve as a reminder of how art was the sole means of preserving appearances in the past. Some very unusual individuals had their likenesses captured for the ages.

1. The Hairy Man

Petrus Gonsalvus, “the man of the woods,” was born in 1537 in Tenerife. His life has been well chronicled as he became famous during his lifetime because of his condition called hypertrichosis, an abnormal amount of hair growth over the body. Gonsalvus was a noble man, although he was never considered fully human in the eyes of his contemporaries. He married, had children (of which four out of seven were also afflicted with hypertrichosis), and painted. It is believed that the marriage between Petrus Gonsalvus and lady Catherine inspired the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.

Read the full article here: DAILY ART MAGAZINE – 5 Weird Portraits from Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna

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DAILY ART FIX: FAVORITE PAINTINGS OF ART CRITIC JERRY SALTZ

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These days, there are few professionals who matter less than art critics. Jerry Saltz has made a career of it at least, and dispenses opinions on art that range from the insightful to the inane. Saltz’s writings come across like he’s his own biggest fan, but we all have moments of that. In this article, Saltz discusses some of his favorite paintings to look at in New York.  

Florine Stettheimer “The Cathedrals of Fifth Avenue” (1931) Metropolitan Museum of Art

Paint as cake frosting; color as shimmering cellophane. This hallucination of a wedding procession on a red carpet spilling out of a department store raises shopping to a batty rite of passage.

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Fresco wall painting in a cubiculum (bedroom) from the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor at Boscoreale
ca. 40–30 b.c.; Late Republica, Roman. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Looking at the impeccably proportioned frescos adorning this Pompeian bed chamber puts the lie to the fallacy that perspective was invented in Florence in around 1414. Terraced buildings and intricate courtyards rendered in near perfect perspective produce full-on spatial illusions. The Romans had perspective; they just weren’t that into it.

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Jasper Johns “Flag” (1954-55) Museum of Modern Art

In 1954 the 26-year old Jasper Johns said, “I dreamed I painted the American Flag.” Then he did! The psychic content of this uncanny, sensuous, cerebral work is the simultaneous inclusiveness. . .  of America but also the ways Johns was an outsider to this openness. The painting, made with encaustic (a medium used by the ancient Egyptians to embalm their dead), is a Betsy Ross moment of modern art; something generations have pledged artistic allegiance to.

See the full list here: ARTNET – A GRAND TOUR by Jerry Saltz

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