Santiago Rusiñol i Prats: The Girl with Carnation

The girl with carnation (Teresa Mirabent Planas) Santiago Rusiñol 1893 From the collection of Cau Ferrat Museum “From the beginning the light of Sitges dazzled Rusinol’s retina, just like before it blinded Arcadi Mas I Fondevila, Joan Roig I Soler and the rest of the Luminist School painters. That’s why one of the topics that…

Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night (1889) in detail

Title: The Starry Night Creator: Vincent van Gogh Date Created: 1889 Style: Post-Impressionism Provenance: Acquired through the Lillie P.Bliss Bequest Original Title: La nuit étoilée More Info: View more works by Vincent van Gogh on MoMA.org External Link: View MoMA’s collection online Medium: Oil on canvas Image credit: Google Arts and Culture Click for enlarged…

Santiago Rusiñol: Poblet Monastery

Click for enlarged image:   Poblet Monastery   – Santiago Rusiñol i Prats Catalan, 1861-1931 Oil on canvas, 80 x 64cm. Original image Via huariqueje

Santiago Rusiñol: Sitges Interior (c1894)

Sitges Interior, Santiago Rusiñol, c1894 Click for enlarged image: Details Title: Sitges Interior Creator: Santiago Rusiñol Date Created: Around 1894 External Link: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya Medium: Oil on canvas   Image credit: Google Arts and Culture

Santiago Rusiñol: A Romance (1894)

A Romance by Santiago Rusiñol, 1894 Details Title: A Romance Creator: Santiago Rusiñol Date Created: Paris, 1894 Location Created: Paris External Link: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya Medium: Oil on canvas Click for enlarged image:     Image from Google Arts and Culture

Through Norman’s Glasses — At Home & Afield

“Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.” – Dau Voire As an artist, I often times wonder what my role in sharing my values with society is. In a time in which everyone shares their opinion ad nauseum, it inspires me to see others craft their ideals–quite literally. From another time that predated […]…

Illuminated Manuscipts Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Hand-made illuminated manuscripts were initially produced by monks in abbeys but, as they became more popular, production became commercialized and was taken over by secular book-makers. Illuminated manuscripts were quite costly to produce and only those of significant means could afford them. The most popular type was the Book of Hours which was a Christian…

Rafael Durancamps Folguera: “Sardanes”

Rafael Durancamps Folguera: “Sardanes” (Catalan 1891-1979) DURANCAMPS I FOLGUERA, Rafael (Sabadell, 1891 – Barcelona, ​​1979). “Sardanes”, Cadaqués. Oil on canvas. With sketch on the back. Signed in the lower left corner. Measures: 59 x 74 cm; 79 x 95 cm (frame). In this work, Durancamps offers us a beautiful festive image, typically Catalan, both for…

Antonio Orsini: The crucifixion with the Virgin, SS John and Mary Magdalene

Antonio Orsini. 1432-1491 Ferrare The crucifixion with the Virgin, SS John and Mary Magdalene Prague National Gallery Sternberski Palace Pendant toute la seconde moitié du 15è siècle coexistent en Europe et surtout en Italie deux styles de peinture : celui gothique linéaire encore souvent proche de la “peinture plate” en deux dimensions, et le style…

Habiballah of Sava: Language of the Birds (ca. 1600)

The illustration on this folio depicts a scene from a mystical poem, Mantiq al-tair (Language of the Birds), written by a twelfth-century Iranian, Farid al-Din ‘Attar. The birds, which symbolize individual souls in search of the simurgh (a mystical bird representing ultimate spiritual unity), are assembled in an idyllic landscape to begin their pilgrimage under…

Johann Heinrich Vogeler: Reverie

“People who believe they are ignorant of nothing have neither looked for, nor stumbled upon, the boundary between what is known and unknown in the universe.”   – Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry   Image Credit:  [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons    

Maria Sibylla Merian: Illustrated Understanding by Devi Norton

Recently, there is conversation in our office about the importance of hand drawing, more specifically, the ability to understand the environment around us through its practice. I have always been fascinated by scientific illustrations as they seem to portray the quest for understanding told through rendering. One illustrator and naturalist that uniquely displays this is […]….

Edouard Vuillard: Madame Hessel at Home (c.1908)

From the collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Details Title: Madame Hessel at Home Creator: Edouard Vuillard Date: c. 1908 Physical Dimensions: w68.6 x h71.1 cm (without frame) Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Audrey Jones Beck Type: Painting Medium: Oil on board Click for larger view:   Image…

Maurice Brazil Prendergast: Central Park 1914–15

Prendergast captured the park’s festive energy on a summer day and suggested, with broad horizontal bands, the tripartite traffic system that accommodated carriages, horses with riders, and pedestrians. The painting, once titled “Central Park in 1903,” may have been begun in that year and later reworked. It shows women in the types of dresses and…

Who Am I?

The Story: Sunnyside was born many years ago, the name of my fictional home for orphaned children and animals in a story for Mrs. Watson’s eighth grade writing class.  A medical degree and six biologic homeschooled children later, Sunnyside became the name of my classical education website, Sunnyside Classical Christian School.   Now entering a new…

Truth: The Power of Introverts

So far, my brief experience with blogging At Sunnyside has been centered on learning the nuts, bolts, and unwritten rules of this brave new world. (I still cannot accept that two spaces are no longer required after the period, but let us move on…) Now that I have more comfort, if not mastery, with this…

Van Gogh and Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3 Paavali Jumppanen, piano Via herzogtum-sachsen-weissenfels Hold on to your seats….wow  🙂   Click image to view enlarged: Image Credit: Vincent Van Gogh, Great Peacock Moth, Saint -Remy, May, 1889 in public domain via Wikipedia    

Édouard Vuillard: Flowers on a Mantelpiece at Les Clayes

Magnificent peonies, at the point of wilting, have been arranged on a mantelpiece in front of a mirror. Depicted vividly in a matt paint, their deep red hue draws the eye and contrasts with the pale blue and luminous yellow that dominate the work. Here, Édouard Vuillard has reinterpreted the painted bouquet of flowers freely….

Klimt’s Kiss and Haydn’s Cello Concerto

Music Credit: Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, 3. Allegro molto Norwegian Chamber Orchestra Steven Isserlis, cello Anthony Marwood, leader Click below for enlarged detail view:   Image Credit:  Gustav Klimt, The Kiss [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Renoir: Dance at Bougival, Beethoven: Cello Sonata

The open-air cafés of suburban Bougival, on the Seine outside Paris, were popular recreation spots for city dwellers, including the Impressionist painters. Renoir, who was primarily a figure painter, uses intense color and lush brushwork to heighten the sense of pleasure conveyed by the whirling couple who dominate the composition. The woman’s face, framed by…

Edouard Vuillard: The Pot of Flowers

I love everything about this painting by Edouard Vuillard — color, composition, and especially the texture.  If it is, indeed, a snapshot of his studio, then it must have been a lovely place to paint. Vuillard selected much of his subject matter from the small Paris apartments he shared with his mother. In painting familiar…

Mary Cassatt: Tea (1880)

Cassatt’s paintings often document the social interactions of well-to-do women like herself. The activities they depict—tea drinking, going to the theatre, tending children—fall within the normal routine for Cassatt’s sex and class. Yet the painter’s insistence upon representing such episodes from the modern world (even a sheltered segment of it), her dislike for narrative, and…

Mary Cassatt: The Reader (1877)

  This is one of my favorite paintings of all time — it is perfectly beautiful. Image Credit: By Mary Cassatt – Wikipedia

“In Defense of Gentleness” by Kristen McHenry

In Defense of Gentleness Those who move among us in frailty, those who are broken by their first suffering, those who cannot swim, who will not take their share, those who balk at the confounding wisdom of violence, of the bloodlust force required to muscle into the world, to merely live upright, are the ones…

Medieval Beaded Necklace

Beads from Frankish necklaces exhibit a stunning variety of patterns, colors, and forms. Though the beads seen here were made in the seventh century, the particular combination in which they were strung together is a creation of the late nineteenth century, when the beads were first found in graves. Quote from the-met-art On view at…