Explore Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ in Astounding Detail in an Interactive 717-Gigapixel Photo

 Art Photography #art history #painting January 4, 2022 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Rijksmuseum Totaling a whopping 717 gigapixels, a new photo of Rembrandt’s 1642 painting “The Night Watch” unveils an astounding array of minuscule details and precise artistic choices behind the Dutch Golden Age masterpiece. A team at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, which is currently housing the art historical work, captured 8,439 individual images to create the gigantic composite that leaves just 0.0002 inches between each pixel, which themselves are smaller than a red blood cell. One of Rembrandt’s…

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“Plastic Ocean” by Photographer Thirza Schaap

Thirza Schaap is an artist based between Cape Town, South Africa, and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Combining sculpture with photography, her ongoing project, “Plastic Ocean,” examines our changing relationship with plastics and their increasing and overwhelming presence in our lives.  Juxtaposing the ugliness of pollution with aesthetically pleasing sculptural compositions, Schaap forces us to consider the implications of our consumption, idolatry, and values. “Plastic Ocean provides a kind of Vanitas for the 21st century,” she explains. “Traditional icons of mortality, ephemerality and wealth have been traded out for bottles, baskets and…

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Ethereal Oil Paintings by Ekaterina Popova Glimpse the Warm, Intimate Interiors of Home

 Art #home #oil painting #painting January 5, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Ekaterina Popova, shared with permission Within the confines of a canvas, Russian artist Ekaterina Popova nurtures the calm, familiar atmosphere of home. Her dreamlike interiors are comprised of blurred edges and thick brushstrokes in oil that cast a subtle haze over each scene, and Popova’s warm, impressionistic style lends itself to the lived-in feeling of her paintings: a quilt hangs off the edge of a mattress, a book rests in the window as if it was…

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