Exhibition: Michelangelo, Vasari, and Their Contemporaries


“Seventy-nine masterpieces of Renaissance drawing, including a number of rarely seen works, are on view in a new exhibition at The Morgan Library & Museum entitled, Michelangelo, Vasari, and Their Contemporaries: Drawings from the Uffizi. The show focuses on artists who worked on the frescoes, paintings, tapestries, and other decorative work that embellished the magnificent Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, best known as the home of the Medici dukes. Included in the show are sheets by Michelangelo, Pontormo, and Vasari, as well as mannerists such as Bronzino and Allori.”

For more information visit The Morgan Library & Museum online or view images from the show at NYTimes.com

Published in: on February 3, 2008 at 1:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Exhibition: The Nude

 Detail from painting by Kamille Corry

From January 25th – February 16th, Ann Long Fine Art in Charleston presents the recent work of Kamille Corry in a long awaited exhibition titled The Nude: The Most Enduring Subject in Art History.  The work of other artists including Jeffrey Mims, with whom Corry studied, will also be represented in this exhibition.

For more information visit annlongfineart.com

Published in: on January 21, 2008 at 9:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Announcing The Zuccaro Scholarship


In January 2008, Mims Studios introduces a tuition scholarship to be awarded each year for the study of classical drawing and painting.  

After Michelangelo and Raphael, the Art of Renaissance Rome was perhaps best defined by the work of two brothers Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro.  Not only were they among the most highly sought after artists of their generation, they were also a major influence behind the creation of the first art academies in Europe.  Through early struggles of their own, the Zuccaro brothers developed a particular interest in the training and wellbeing of other young artists who had come to Rome to study art. 

It is in this spirit that Mims Studios has established the Zuccaro Scholarship – a tuition scholarship of $8,000 to assist in the education of aspiring artists who are in need of financial assistance and intent on learning through our program. 

For scholarship application and more information visit
The Zuccaro Scholarship webpage

Published in: on January 17, 2008 at 2:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daniele da Volterra at the Louvre

David and Goliath on display at the Louvre; image by D. Rykner

David and Goliath on display at the Louvre; image by R. Rykner 

“The Louvre has put up for display in the Grande Galerie the David and Goliath painted by Daniele da Volterra, a Tuscan artist of the sixteenth century, close friend and follower of Michelangelo. After a long restoration, the painting has returned to the museum, but instead of hanging on a wall, has been placed at the very center of the gallery.

David and Goliath (front) by Volterra; the Louvre

“The reason is that it is a rare case of a picture painted on both sides, representing the same composition from two different angles. The work is thus an illustration of the famous paragone, an intellectual debate in which painting and sculpture each claimed to represent reality. To better present his case, Da Volterra opted for this unusual format which allowed him to show more volumes than on only one surface.”

David and Goliath (back) by Volterra; The Louvre

Excerpt from The Art Tribune article Daniele da Volterra Redisplayed at the Louvre.

Drawing studies for David and Goliath by da Volterra also in the Louvre collection:

Drawing study for David and Goliath by Da Volterra; the Louvre

Drawing Study for David and Goliath (back) by da Volterra; the Louvre

Published in: on December 13, 2007 at 11:55 am  Comments (2)  

British Museum Online Collection


The British Museum has recently launched a comprehensive website of its vast collection of two dimensional objects (prints, drawings, and paintings).  New images are being added weekly, and when completed, every object in the collection will be online.

For more information about the database or to search the collection online visit the British Museum Research website

Published in: on November 20, 2007 at 2:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Art of Boston


Recently, students from Mims Studios traveled to Boston for a three-day study tour of some of the greatest artistic traditions this country has produced.  In preparation for this trip, our weekly lecture series this fall was focused on the Boston Painters.  

The Blue Cup by Joseph DeCamp

Beginning with John Singleton Copley, and moving through history to the founders of the Guild of Boston Artists, these lectures link the History of the Academy series with the artists of our own country and created the perfect conclusion to our spring trip to Paris.


The trip was not without a close look at ornament throughout the city, ranging from the classical moldings of the Boston Public Library, to the Romanesque and Venetian details at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum.


Frank Strazzulla leads Mims Studios students through Boston Public Library

Mims Studios students study Sargent’s murals

Mims Studios Students with Jeffrey Mims and Frank Strazzulla at the MFA


Frank Strazzulla with Students under the Sargent Murals at the MFA

Students were joined by painter Frank Strazzulla, Jr. who was kind enough to host our group at his solo exhibition at the Boston Guild, the first of many stops.  He and Jeffrey Mims led a joint tour through the Boston Public Library and several museums, with a focus on the Boston Artists and their influences.  

detail of MIT Murals by Edwin Howland Blashfield

detail of MIT Murals by Edwin Howland Blashfield

detail of MIT Murals by Edwin Howland Blashfield

Among the many highlights from this trip was an informative comparison of the Sargent and Puvis de Chavannes murals with those in the Walker Memorial Building at MIT by Edwin H. Blashfield.  Designed on the unusual theme of Alma Mater, these works demonstrate an almost unparalleled mastery and brevity of touch executed by Blashfield when he was well into his nineties, and bear witness to an artistic reputation ripe for a revival.

Published in: on October 28, 2007 at 10:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Second Edition of the Charles Bargue Course

The Dahesh Museum of Art has recently announced a reprinting of the Charles Bargue Drawing Course compiled and annotated by Gerald Ackerman.  To pre-order a copy contact the museum bookshop.   

Published in: on September 23, 2007 at 11:54 am  Leave a Comment  

Weekly Lectures – Perspective


Perspective, one of the great but often overlooked sciences behind so much of the world’s finest art has now been added to the Tuesday lecture schedule.  This series will introduce the vocabulary and fundamentals of perspective, and lead into illustrated presentations of their practical applications in masterworks from the history of art, as well as a few surprising ways to use this way of thinking in drawing from nature.

Published in: on September 13, 2007 at 11:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Paul Brown Exhibition in London

Still Life Painting by Paul Brown

From October 3 – 26, new work by artist Paul Brown will be exhibited at W. H. Patterson Gallery in London.  Brown, a former student of D. Jeffrey Mims, has also taught at the Florence Academy of Art and now lives and maintains a studio in London, England. 

Published in: on September 6, 2007 at 10:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Another Monstrous Museum Addition


Despite strong opposition, Florence, Italy’s Uffizi museum will go ahead with what has been called an “indecent and unheard of” expansion.  As opera and film director, Franco Zefferelli has so clearly stated, “This is a sign of profound incivility, of lack of respect for Florence, the monumental integrity of which is a value in itself… it is a wound and an abdication of care for the city.”  

See the article: Uffizi expansion goes ahead despite Florentine OppositionImage © Florencephotos.com, [info@florencephotos.com], [http://www.florencephotos.com], Firenze, Italy 1999-2006.

Holburne Museum and Proposed Expansion

In England however, a modernist addition to the Holburne Museum was rejected.  Located in Bath, one of the most classical cities in the world, a proposed glass and steel addition to the 1796 Georgian building brought enormous protest from residents and architects alike.  The opposition rightly argued that such an addition would not only damage the area, but also set a “dangerous precedent.”

Published in: on August 10, 2007 at 4:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fall Trip to Boston

Boston Public Library exterior sculpture of Science by Bela Pratt

This October, Jeffrey Mims and Frank Strazzulla will lead a special tour of the art and architecture of Boston, including the Boston Public Library, the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts.  In keeping with our study of mural painting and ornament, special focus will be given to the murals of John Singer Sargent as well as those by Puvis de Chavannes, Edwin Austin Abbey, and the ornamentation of Trinity Church.

Interior of Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum

Published in: on August 8, 2007 at 11:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Anatomy from the Life Model


Combining the study of Anatomy with evening life drawing, students overlay skeletal and muscle constructions onto copies of their own figure drawings.  The skeleton is often posed beside the figure model during drawing sessions. 

Below are examples from a recent lecture.

Overlay of Skeleton and Muscles onto Student Life Drawing 

Overlay of Muscles onto Student Life Drawing

Published in: on August 6, 2007 at 11:02 am  Comments (4)  

Weekly Lecture – Anatomy of Hands

by Allesandro Allori

This week, lectures on Artistic Anatomy continue with a focus on the Anatomy of Hands.  As well as looking at the construction of the hand, examples from the history of art will emphasize the importance of balancing “what you see” with “what you know,” and comparisons will be made between old masters and contemporary artists. 

Published in: on July 23, 2007 at 9:39 pm  Comments (1)  

Fall Exhibitions: Frank Strazzulla and Kamille Corry


This October, the Guild of Boston Artists will present a solo exhibition of paintings by Frank Strazzulla.  Students from Mims Studios will be joined by the artist in Boston for a tour of the city’s museums and public library.  More information about this trip will be posted soon.


Also this fall, an exhibition of works by Kamille Corry will open at Ann Long Fine Art in Charleston.  Click here to read Art Collector magazine’s 2006 article about Kamille.

Published in: on July 10, 2007 at 4:17 pm  Comments (1)  

Tapestry Galerie des Gobelins Reopens


Timed to commemorate its founding by Henri IV 400 years ago, The Galerie des Gobelins  has reopened after a 35 year renovation. This tapestry gallery, located inside the Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins displays a time-line of tapestries, including a series created for Catherine de Medici in the early 1600s, as well as furnishings and other manufactured objects.

An inaugural exhibition, “Les Gobelins 1607-2007 / Revealed Treasures: Four Centuries of Creation” is now on view.

Tapestry by des Gobelins, after Poussin

For information about the Manufacture des Gobelins:

Réouverture de la Galerie des Gobelins
Qultures Weekly Magazine – Galerie des Gobelins
Royal Factories – The Royal Tapestry Workshop
Tapestry Making in France

Published in: on June 8, 2007 at 4:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

James Beck, founder of ArtWatch International, has died

Below is an excerpt from the NY Times Article ‘James Beck, 77, Art Scholar and Critic of Conservation is Dead‘ by Holland Cotter

professor_james_bec_171392a.jpgNEW YORK – James Beck, a Columbia University art historian who became well known as a critic of what he viewed as the ruinous conservation of world masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling, died Saturday in Manhattan. He was 77…

…It was the extensive restoration of the Sistine Chapel frescos, begun in 1980, that initiated his vigorous critique of conservation in the art historical field.

He argued that the Michelangelo frescos were being drastically overcleaned – a process that not only erased some of the subtle volumetric painting, he contended, but also exposed the entire surface to modern pollution…

Before (left) and After

…In 1992 he and the British journalist and artist Michael Daley founded ArtWatch International, a nonprofit advocacy organization to monitor the restoration, attribution and international shipment of works of art.

Click here to read The Times obituary by Michael Daley, director of ArtWatch, UK.

Published in: on June 1, 2007 at 3:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ornamental Painting

“From the classic point of view, the study of design is the most salutary discipline possible in this too naturalistic age.  If I could have my way in the training of young artists, I should insist upon their spending a good deal of time in the study and designing of pure ornament [so] that they might learn how independent fine design is of its content and how slight may be the connection between art and nature.”
– Kenyon Cox, ‘The Classic Point of View’


As part of the Master Class in Mural Painting, and as a continuation to our study of the History of Ornament, projects are now underway to copy selected masterworks from the history of art.  These exercises have been developed to familiarize advanced students with the special requirements of large scale decorative painting. 


Unique to modern atelier training, our focus on ornamental painting strengthens artistic hand-eye coordination while introducing design principles used in the construction of these great masterworks.

Published in: on May 27, 2007 at 12:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Flaming June to go on Display at Tate Britain


Flaming June, by Frederic, Lord Leighton will be on display at the Tate Britain beginning in March 2008, on loan from the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico. 

For the full article, visit The Art Newspaper online.

Published in: on May 24, 2007 at 2:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Weekly Lectures – Artistic Anatomy

Anatomy Plate, detail from Parthenon metope, Carracci drawing, Prud’hon drawing 

This week’s illustrated lecture begins the series on Artistic Anatomy.  Using constructive perceptions of drawing the human figure, these lectures are delivered through a combination of part slide show, part demonstration.  The goal is to inform what we see with what we know, using examples from different periods in the history of art to illustrate specific concepts.

This year’s presentation has been developed to co-ordinate weekly anatomical lessons with the actual model’s pose from evening figure drawing sessions.   


Published in: on May 18, 2007 at 3:07 pm  Comments (2)  

Exhibition at the National Gallery


Private Treasures: Four Centuries of European Master Drawings is now on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC through September 16, 2007.  “Approximately 100 works from one of the most significant private collections of master drawings in the United States are presented for the first time,” and include works by Bernini, Boucher, Bronzino, Correggio, Delacroix, Fragonard, Friedrich, Greuze, and Ingres.  A selection of exhibited works are online here.

Also on view at the National Gallery beginning May 27th: Claude Loraine / The Painter as Draftsman: Drawings from the British Museum.  This exhibition features more than 100 works, and will be on view through August 12th. 

Published in: on May 17, 2007 at 1:24 pm  Leave a Comment