Expect the Unexpected – La Hütte Royal

By: Joanna Wallace Tucked away on Troy Hill in Pittsburgh is an art installation like no other. It is hard to express in words just what La Hütte Royal is, but if you like fun houses and installation art, you’re going to love this place. In this former squatters’ residence, artist Thorsten Brinkmann of Hamburg, Germany has created an entirely new space within an ordinary … Continue reading Expect the Unexpected – La Hütte Royal

Why is it Famous? – The Birth of Venus

By: Joanna Wallace I’m sure you recognize this one, as it’s one of the most revered paintings in history! This is Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus. It was painted between 1482 and 1485 in Tuscany and now resides in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. It is significant now for various reasons, but didn’t rise to fame until several centuries after its completion. The Image: … Continue reading Why is it Famous? – The Birth of Venus

A Hauntingly Beautiful Surprise

By: Joanna Wallace In the town of Hallstatt (Pronounced: HALL-SHTAHT), Austria, there is something called a Charnel House, or a vault/chapel where human remains are stored. In the case of the Hallstatt charnel house, it is filled with the cleaned and decorated skulls and bones of over 2,100 people. When my brother and I arrived in Austria, we had never heard of “the bone chapel” … Continue reading A Hauntingly Beautiful Surprise

A Different Kind of Museum

By: Joanna Wallace A few weekends ago, a couple fellow art students and I took a little field trip down to Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. There are sculpture gardens, and then there is Grounds for Sculpture; it is unlike any sculpture garden or museum I have ever been to. It is comprised of forty-two acres of land formerly used as the New … Continue reading A Different Kind of Museum

Why is it Famous? – Venus de Milo

By: Joanna Wallace You may not have heard of this one, but it is another piece that is a hot spot for visitors of the Louvre, a Hellenistic sculpture. This is the Venus de Milo, a sculpture found on the greek island of Milos in 1820. There is a lot of mystery surrounding it, adding to its appeal. The plinth (the slab of stone she … Continue reading Why is it Famous? – Venus de Milo

What Actually is The Golden Ratio?

By: Joanna Wallace Recently, I saw this t-shirt at Zumiez and I was a little surprised that the Golden Spiral was on a shirt being bought by skateboarders. After seeing another shirt in this Zumiez as well as seeing it in one or two other places, I began to wonder if the people creating, selling, or buying it even know what the Golden Ratio or … Continue reading What Actually is The Golden Ratio?

What’s So Special about the Louvre?

By: Joanna Wallace I’ll tell you in all honesty something embarrassing (especially as an art major): Until two-ish years ago I didn’t really know what the Louvre is. I know some people would shake their heads in pity, but for those of you that are in the same boat-and maybe still don’t know just what the Louvre is-this article is for you! The Louvre (pronounced … Continue reading What’s So Special about the Louvre?