“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.”
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.
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
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.
“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.”
Drawing studies for David and Goliath by da Volterra also in the Louvre 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, [email@example.com], [http://www.florencephotos.com], Firenze, Italy 1999-2006.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
For information about the Manufacture des Gobelins:
Below is an excerpt from the NY Times Article ‘James Beck, 77, Art Scholar and Critic of Conservation is Dead‘ by Holland Cotter
NEW 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…
…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.
“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.
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.
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.