This week in history: Renaissance Artist Sandro Botticelli died

Background: Sandro Botticelli is considered one of the greatest artists of the Early Renaissance, and he produced numerous paintings that achieved masterpiece status, including Primavera and The Birth of Venus. In his lifetime, he was held as one of the most esteemed painters in Italy, earning numerous commissions from the powerful Medici family and their … More This week in history: Renaissance Artist Sandro Botticelli died

This Week in History: Alberto Giacometti died

One does not approach a sculpture of Giacometti. … Approach her and everything vanishes; there remains the corrugations of the plaster. … He puts distance within reach of your hand, he thrusts before you a distant woman–she remains distant, even when you touch her with your fingertips. … (Jean-Paul Sartre) Primarily a sculptor of anthropomorphic … More This Week in History: Alberto Giacometti died

This Week in History: Alexander Calder died

Background: Alexander Calder, Alexander (July 22, 1898 – Nov. 11, 1976), sculptor, painter, and printmaker, was born in Philadelphia into a family of accomplished artists. His mother, Nanette Lederer, was a painter; his father, Alexander Stirling Calder, and his grandfather, Alexander Milne Calder, were well-known sculptors. Calder’s childhood home was a virtual studio. He was … More This Week in History: Alexander Calder died