While procrastinating the things that I should be doing, I have been fiddling around with Mr. Picassohead, a fun interactive site where you can create Picassoesque portraits.
Without further ado, I give you my self-portrait: If you make your own self-portrait with this site, feel free to leave a link to your gallery image in the comments section. It would be fun to see what other readers have made.
It’s Friday and I think we should play another fun guessing game. I got the idea for this post after coming across a blog which points out an “art history shout-out” in a TV show. There are a lot of references to art in pop culture (I’m specifically thinking of television and movies, but it extends beyond that). Can you name the famous works of art that are referenced in these film stills? (The answers are in the comments section of this post.)
LOST, “Fire + Water,” Season 2
Home Alone (1990)
Alfred Hitchcock’s, “Psycho” (1960). This one is a little tricky. Don’t pay attention to the scene, but the architecture of the house.
And I couldn’t find a film still for my last one, so I’ll just give you the answer. A scene from Forrest Gump (1994) is directly inspired by Norman Rockwell. Here’s the painting:
Girl with Black Eye (1953)
To see the film scene inspired by the painting, scroll to 0:33 on this clip:
Can you think of any other movies or films inspired by art? (Note: I purposefully did not mention the Thomas Kinkade painting which inspired a movie last year.) Also, if you’re interested, I found a webpage called Art History in the Movies, which lists films about art and some films inspired by art.
And can you think of any paintings that should be turned into movie scenes? Tyler Green suggested five. I think that Renoir’s Le Moulin de la Galette (1876) would make a good scene in a film. And if it was a murder mystery, then perhaps one of Gentileschi’s versions of Judith Slaying Holofernes (the one linked is from the Uffizi Gallery and dated 1614-20)?
I feel like posting something fun today. I liked the little game that I created with guessing artists’ portraits, so I thought I’d do something similar. These are less-well-known paintings by well-known artists. Can you guess who painted these? (The answers are in the comments section.)
How did you do?
Out of these paintings, I think my favorite one is the street scene (second from the bottom). Which one do you like?
If a famous artist like Leonardo da Vinci passed you on the street, would you recognize him? There is little doubt that you would instantly recognize his painting of the Mona Lisa, but what about the face that created the Mona Lisa? I have a feeling that most people wouldn’t recognize a majority of famous artists, but I might be wrong. Try and guess the artist depicted in each of these portraits/self-portraits. (I tried to avoid self-portraits that are too indicative of the artist’s style – I don’t want that to give the answer away!) The answers are in the comment section of this post.
This blog focuses on making Western art history accessible and interesting to all types of audiences: art historians, students, and anyone else who is curious about art. Alberti’s Window is maintained by Monica Bowen, an art historian and professor.