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Black on Black

- April 9, 2015 in Ad Reinhardt, black, Books, caravaggio, colour, Goethe, Jonah Groeneboer, Kazimir Malevich, Lawrence Sterne, Painting, Philosophy, Rembrandt, robert fludd, Schopenhauer, Science & Medicine, Terence Hannum, theory of colour

Should we consider black a colour, the absence of colour or a suspension of vision produced by a deprivation of light? Beginning with Robert Fludd’s attempt to picture nothingness, Eugene Thacker reflects* on some of the ways in which blackness has been used and thought about through the history of art and philosophical thought. Some time ago I was doing research for a seminar I planned to offer on “mediaâ�¦

The Serious and the Smirk: The Smile in Portraiture

- September 18, 2013 in abraham lincoln, Art & Illustrations, Articles, caravaggio, dutch, Featured Articles, Gerrit van Honthorst, leonardo da vinci, mona lisa, Painting, Photography, smiles, smiling, the laughing violinist

Why do we so seldom see people smiling in painted portraits? Nicholas Jeeves explor…