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  • >Alphonse Mucha and the Art of the Poster

    October 28th, 2009 · 3:48 pm  →  Blog

    >The Rise of the Poster Printing techniques developed by Johann Gutenberg in the middle of the 15th Century made mass communication distribution possible, but it took a further development centuries later to turn the medium of the poster into the visually appealing art form that it is today. The invention of lithography towards the endRead the Rest…

    Betty Beeby: Watercolorist, Muralist, Preservationist

    October 23rd, 2009 · 2:08 pm  →  Blog

    The fine art and personal property appraisers at MIR Appraisal Services, Inc., are proud to have recently been able to examine and research many of the works by Michigan inhabitant, Betty Beeby, a prolific watercolorist, illustrator, muralist, writer and dedicated preservationist. Several of her works are showcased below: Beeby depicts an artist’s studio within aRead the Rest…

    Da Vinci Painting Discovered via Fingerprint

    October 15th, 2009 · 2:03 pm  →  Blog

    Proving that we may never account for all of the artwork produced by some of the world’s most famous painters, the art world has again been set alight by a recent discovery of a new Da Vinci portrait that has been long referred to as La Bella Principessa. This finding is very exceptional considering howRead the Rest…

    Enrico Baj: Anarchist Artist

    October 9th, 2009 · 11:07 am  →  Blog

    The Italian people are no stranger to political turmoil, and as the ruling against Silvio Berlusconi’s in office immunity shows that the tide is likely to change at any time. This turbulent political atmosphere reaches all the way back to Italy’s unification in the last quarter of the 19th century and has manifested itself inRead the Rest…

    The Eagle’s Nest Art Colony from Oregon, IL

    October 6th, 2009 · 9:19 am  →  Blog

    Founded by sculptor Lorado Taft in 1898, the Eagle’s Nest Art Colony included painters, sculptors, poets, storytellers, and musicians. The group took its name from an ancient cedar tree—a site for nesting eagles (Oregon Sculpture Trail pamphlet). Mostly artists from the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago, the cohorts took creative refugeRead the Rest…

    Brief History of Seascape Art

    October 2nd, 2009 · 2:12 pm  →  Blog

    Chicago, Water, and the History of Seascapes As October begins, Chicago boat owners scramble to remove their boats from the city’s many harbors, returning their vessels to storage for the winter. This annual occurrence happens slowly and methodically, each bare mast disappearing just as leaves fall unnoticed from the trees. This loss of scenery alongRead the Rest…