Thursday, 27 August 2015

Rembrandt Remastered + Danaë

It's an art post! Remember these? You probably won't as I've not done one for a long while. The more I have to write about them for uni the less I want to write an art blog post.  I thought I did a post on a Danaë painting but I was mistaken. There's a Danaë in the series I'm writing about for my dissertation which I did a little post about.

 
The painting depicts a mythological subject. In the Greek myth Danaë's father Acrisius asks an oracle if he will ever have any males heirs, the oracle tells him that he would be killed by his daughters' son.   Acrisius then locks Danaë in a tower but Zeus arrives in the form of a golden shower and impregnates her, Perseus was a result and ended up killing his grandfather.
 
The scene depicted shows the moment Zeus impregnates her.  Rembrandt first painted it in 1636 and later came back to it in 1643 and re-painted Danaë and the old nurse in a different style. 
 
A number of things have happened to this painting; it was cut down on all sides and in 1985 it was attacked with acid.  It was badly damaged with most of it being Danaë's body.  The painting is currently at the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. 
 
The painting is different to other depictions of the myth with the golden shower not being shown.  Danaë however is bathed in a gold light showing the impregnation.  I had to give a five minute spiel about this painting in front of my fellow classmates and my lecturer who just happens to be an expert on Rembrandt, no pressure.
 
 
A lot of Rembrandt's paintings are spread out across the world and would be impossible to bring them together in an exhibition.  The Rembrandt Remastered exhibition is great as this is pretty much the only time you'll see a lot of them displayed together. It's also the only time you'll see paintings such as the Storm on the Sea of Galilee which was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.
 
The paintings are digitally remastered and they show so much detail such as the brushstrokes and you can get up close to get a better look.
 
The Danaë is included in the exhibition and is one of my favourites.
 





Rembrandt Remastered is at Smith and Caughey's on the 6th floor and is open everyday till September 13. Tickets are $15 on weekdays and $20 on weekends.

Hope you all enjoyed this post! xx

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

NOTD 25/08/15

It's been a while since I've done one of these mostly because I've been too lazy to paint my nails.  I was however motivated this weekend and added some colour to the end of my fingers.




I was in the mood for something neutral and grey paired with pink is one of my favourite colour combinations.

I'm happy with them but I also feel like something is missing, like glitter. I dunno what do you think? The only glitters I have is blue and red which I don't think will go *sigh*

Hope you all enjoyed this post xxx

Thursday, 20 August 2015

The Secret Garden


I've had this for couple of months and I've finally remembered to do a post on it. *Oops memory problems*
 
Adult colouring books have been quite popular recently and I had to jump on the bandwagon.  I can't even remember the last time I had a colouring in book, probably back in primary school, but I do remember that I loved it hence why I'm so happy about this book.
 
The illustrations are gorgeous; intricate designs of flowers, butterflies and other things which become even more aesthetically pleasing once there is colour on the page.  I haven't yet done much but I enjoy switching off from whatever's going on and just adding colour to the page.
 
I also love the name of the book.  I've always loved to have a secret garden, when I was younger I created my own one at the back of our property.  Also reminds me of the movie 'The Secret Garden', it was one of my favourite films.
 
I got Secret Garden from Book Depository.  Johanna Basford also has another book, Enchanted Forest which is next on my list to get.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! xxx

Monday, 17 August 2015

Art, Uni, Life



The week before last I wrote a post about the exhibition my class was involved in.  The opening was that Friday and I went along to it.  The weather was horrible, there was a lot of people but I enjoyed it. This was the first ever exhibition opening I've been too and was a cool experience.  The exhibition my class worked on, Camouflage, is on till the 26th of September.  There is a catalogue which goes with the exhibition and I'm in it! We all had to write around 500 words about the artwork we were given, it's a cool experience to see your name in print.

In other exciting news I got a part time job! I'm working at the Rembrandt Remastered exhibition at Smith and Caughey's.  I'm up on the 6th floor when the art is. I had my first shift on Friday, there wasn't much people so I mostly just walked around.  I should remember to bring a book or some work to do.  If any of you are interested you should definitely come along!

Hope you all enjoyed this post xx