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eggs, anyone?


I’ll have you know that, no, you aren’t witnessing your brunch being prepared from earlier today. Instead, you’re viewing Old Woman Frying Eggs by Diego Velazquez. It dates from around 1618 (when he was like, 19!), and can be seen at the National Gallery of Scotland.

Remember when I wowed all of you with my lessons on Italian styles of painting? Well, here’s my series (here, here, here, and here). This one’s a primo-ream-oh example of chiaroscuro. Impress your friends with all this wealth of knowledge, thank me later.

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Cangiante is the third installation in this series on Italian Renaissance painting styles. WAHOO!

Michelangelo‘s Sistine Chapel is a particularly miraculous example of cangiante (it’s Italian for “change”). It means to use lots of tints and shades of color, even if it means using different colors completely to achieve a realistic shadow. For example, mixing red into the shadow of yellow to make it appear darker on canvas (or, in this case, plaster).

Note: I’ve already covered this, but ICYMI: The Prophet Isaiah, pictured above, was the influence behind Norman Rockwell‘s Rosie the Riveter. 

Boom! Drop that tidbit on a girl over burgers tomorrow and see what happens!

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Happy Friday, party people! I hope you’ll catch this series’ second post while you’re still at bars serving twofer Fireball shots, so you can impress all interns just a bar booth away!

Sfumato comes from the Italian word sfumare, meaning “shaded off.” It creates a smoky haziness that blends colors without the appearance of brushstrokes. Leonardo da Vinci is best-known for using sfumato in the facial features of Mona Lisa, as well as other works.

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