Why Is It Famous? – La Sagrada Família

By: Joanna Wallace Have you ever heard of the church that’s been under construction for over 100 years? I had not in the summer of 2015, but when I saw the Basílica de la Sagrada Família in person, I immediately understood why. When I came to stand in front of the nativity facade of this insane building, I was almost visually overwhelmed. My eyes couldn’t process … Continue reading Why Is It Famous? – La Sagrada Família

Victorians Had a lot of Time on Their Hands

By: Joanna Wallace In the 1800s, hair work was a very common and normal art form as well as a fashionable way to remember people who had died. This process was meticulous and thoroughly planned, and patterns and instructions were readily available just as quilting or sewing patterns were abundant in the 1950s. Wearing handmade hair jewelry and accessories was a personal way to show … Continue reading Victorians Had a lot of Time on Their Hands

Art You Can Get Into

By: Joanna Wallace The Mattress Factory Museum was founded in 1977 on Pittsburgh’s North Side. The main building, originally built in 1900, was a Stearns & Foster mattress warehouse, and in 1982, the first exhibition of installations opened to the public. Since this opening, the Mattress Factory has shown work by over 750 artists. “The museum supports established and emerging artists through a residency program … Continue reading Art You Can Get Into

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Why Is It Famous? – The Pantheon

By: Joanna Wallace In the middle of bustling, crowded old-city Rome, there stands many ancient monuments and buildings, but none better preserved and more intact than the Pantheon. Before going to Rome, I had never heard of this building and didn’t think much of it even while standing in front of it. Once I heard/read the history of it, though, and realized just how special … Continue reading Why Is It Famous? – The Pantheon

Why is it Famous? – Venus of Willendorf

By: Joanna Wallace This small statuette is one of the most famous surviving works of art in history, mainly due to its extremely old age. The Venus of Willendorf is an Upper Paleolithic stone carving depicting a woman with exaggerated features and traces of red ochre pigment, but little else is factually known about the piece. The facts: Scientists and art historians have dated the … Continue reading Why is it Famous? – Venus of Willendorf

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