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Last Weeks For Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible At The Met Breuer

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 08.18.2016 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

I've returned a number of times to revisit the exhibit as, from an artist's perspective, it is fascinating to see works that are not finished offer insight into the artistic working process -- what the artist may have been thinking at that point in the painting.

On a Grand Tour

Yara Zgheib | Posted 08.08.2016 | Travel
Yara Zgheib

Had I been an eccentric European aristocrat, young and male in the sixteenth century, at age eighteen I would have embarked on the classical Grand Tour.

Stoking Optimism in a Darkening World

Chris Kutarna | Posted 07.31.2016 | Politics
Chris Kutarna

(This post was originally published as part of the World Economic Forum's Globalization series.) In aggregate terms, the human race has never had it ...

The Next Big Shock Is Coming

Chris Kutarna | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Kutarna

We can look at the surprising ways in which Renaissance Europe transformed under stresses analogous to our own and stretch our own thinking about how events might unfold for us, too.

Cheyenne Jackson: Renaissance Man

Steve North | Posted 07.05.2016 | Entertainment
Steve North

It was 2007, and a friend of mine had just interviewed Cheyenne Jackson, who was scoring rave reviews in the Broadway version of the 1980 cult movie X...

From the European Union of the Cold War to a Renaissance Europe

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 07.01.2016 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

EU needs to redesign itself as a real political union of equal members with common defense, economy, education and culture. Greek should be the official language of Europe. That would seal Europe's Greek origins and civilization.

If History Repeats, Trump's Bonfire of Vanity Will End Like This

Chris Kutarna | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Kutarna

He's a political outsider whose angry words have come to dominate public discourse. He's a gifted communicator whose power to hold a crowd has been magnified by new social media.

Prelude to Pitti: Five Upcoming Surprises at Pitti Uomo 90

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.16.2016 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

Fashion is my addiction and even though I'm undeniably a woman, it is a craving not limited to womenswear. Actually, watching great menswear on disp...

VIDEO: New Crowdfunded TV Show Explores Renaissance Festival Office Politics

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 05.10.2016 | Entertainment
Shawn Lawrence Otto

The talents behind Mystery Science Theater 3000, RiffTrax, Freaks & Geeks, and, er, House of Sand and Fog, have gotten together to produce what may be the freshest office comedy in a long while.

"12 Inches of Sin V" Art Gets Sexy, Immersive in Las Vegas April 9

Lisa Derrick | Posted 04.05.2016 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

There is a theory that porn/erotica drives advancement in technology and the arts. The desire to see nakedness and watch sexy-time activities was behi...

"Finding New Horizons for Korea in its Past: The Cultural Pioneering of Jin Yong Lee"

Emanuel Pastreich | Posted 03.26.2016 | Arts
Emanuel Pastreich

For all the success of the TV series about the palace kitchen Dae Jang Geum and Psy's "Gangnam Style" there is an increasing cultural entropy in Korea and commercialization of cultural contents that has undermined the cultural creativity that so many have held high expectations for.

Collecting Collectors

Susan Jaques | Posted 03.11.2016 | Arts
Susan Jaques

This week, tens of thousands of collectors, specialists and curators converge in the Dutch town of Maastricht for the annual art and antiques fair, TE...

Marketing for Renaissance Types

Loolwa Khazzoom | Posted 02.09.2016 | Business
Loolwa Khazzoom

Conventional marketing wisdom has it that if you wear multiple hats, you have to choose one of them and focus on it exclusively, so as to run an effective marketing campaign. I disagree.

A Tale of Two Buddys

Stephen Rosa | Posted 01.30.2016 | Politics
Stephen Rosa

When former Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci passed away this week, I was surprised to find myself as sad as I was. I was never a Buddy campaig...

Sublime Beauty: Raphael's Portrait of a Lady With a Unicorn

Susan Jaques | Posted 01.08.2016 | Arts
Susan Jaques

For centuries, an unsigned portrait of a beautiful young woman at Rome's Galleria Borghese remained shrouded in mystery. Now a focus exhibition at San...

Copy and Paste Syndrome: Nuqat's Probe Into Creativity

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.01.2015 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a breath of fresh air that attracted art, culture, design and creativity aficionados to Nuqat's conference in Kuwait amid a storm of insanity engulfing the Middle East.

Artist Recreates Renaissance Classics in Midwest Garage

Freddy Fabris | Posted 10.26.2015 | Arts
Freddy Fabris

For many years I wanted to pay homage the great Renaissance masters. Translating painting into photography was a challenge I looked forward to. I want...

How Would We Have Been? IV

Romina Ressia | Posted 08.31.2016 | Arts
Romina Ressia

The project, making use of the anachronism as a visual resource, does not pretend to refer to the past but to create a reference on which to analyze the evolution of society as well as its actions and reactions front to current issues.

7 Surprising Secrets About the Real Mona Lisa

Dianne Hales | Posted 08.18.2016 | Arts
Dianne Hales

Mystery may always swirl around this most famous of paintings and its subject, but one thing remains certain: Five centuries after a genius immortalized her, the world cannot stop looking at the Renaissance woman whom everyone recognizes -- and whose secrets we are just getting to know.

Art Can Inspire Faith. It Can Also Empower Destructive Ideologies. Renaissance Art Depictions of Jesus Did Both

Bernard Starr | Posted 07.20.2016 | Religion
Bernard Starr

It's not surprising that artworks mirrored propaganda, since the paintings were commissioned by the Church, the biggest patron, and the wealthy, who sought to impress the Church with their devotion to Jesus and the teachings of the Church. Jesus the Jew did not fit into this illusory world.

The Exceptionalism, Greatness and Immortality of Ancient Greece

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 07.18.2016 | Books
Evaggelos Vallianatos

By the time of the Greek Revolution of 1821, Greece had gone through some four centuries of brutal Turkish military occupation. The effects of tyranny on Greece were catastrophic. The country was depopulated and in ruins.

The Museum and Library of the Hispanic Society of America: A Hidden Gem in New York City

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 06.02.2016 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The Museum and Library of The Hispanic Society of America is perhaps the least known of New York City museums, yet it has an extraordinary collection. I recently spent a delightful afternoon at the museum, which reflects the vision of Archer Milton Huntington to establish an institution dedicated to the celebration of Hispanic culture.

Debunking the Myths of Leonardo Da Vinci

Quora | Posted 06.27.2015 | Weird News
Quora

While there is no doubt that Leonardo (he is not referred to as "Da Vinci" despite what a certain stupid novel may say) was a remarkable artist, he is often credited with influence and significance in other fields that he simply did not have.

How Millennials Are Redefining the American Dream

Mark W. Guay | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Mark W. Guay

With the housing crash and crippling student debt, millennials around the world are redefining The American Dream. One where a person finds their calling in life to create the most epic legacy -- one that creates a better tomorrow and has an incredible impact in the world.

The Middle East Among Us: Artist Nasser Alzayani in Florence

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I caught up with the kind, thoughtful, wise-beyond-his-years artist inside the Odeon Cinema in Florence during Middle East Now, and it turned out to be a highlight of my festival. After the interview, do check out the slideshow of his work below.