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Segmation Art Newsletter

August 2013

Dressy Gals

Another set from Jasmine Flynn, a talented young arist with an eye for Fashion. Dressy Gals includes several neat looking colorful outfits and models, including the red diamond outfet and the pink haired girl!

Classic Tales

Enjoy coloring Alibaba, Cinderella, Pied Piper, Rumpelstitsking, Snow White and others in this detailed and colorful pattern set!

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Cimabue - Florentine Painter

Cimabue (c. 1240 - 1302) also known as Bencivieni di Pepo was a Florentine Painter and a creator of mosaics. He was a pioneer in transforming the prevailing art style from a flat and stylized form into one that was more natural with subtle effects such as shading and realistic proportions. His most documented works include a Crucifix in the Basilica di Santa Croce, Maestà in San Francesco at Pisa, and Madonna with Child Enthroned, Four Angels and St. Francis at Assisi. Our pattern set includes these works with some details made into individual patterns and others paintings including The Madonna in Majesty, The Capture of Christ, The Flagellation of Christ, and Madonna di Castelfiorentino.

Spiral Splendor

A spiral is a curve which starts from a central point and gets progressively further away as it revolves around the point. This theme is common in nature in many forms - plant growth, animal parts such as horns, shells, teeth, in even wind erosion, and even DNA structure itself. The patterns in this set highlight spiral forms in numerous natural settings. You'll find spiral shaped millipedes, plant leaves, daisies, cabbage, smoke, and snail shells.

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Cupcakes, Cancer, and a Politician

Source: eNCA

In South Africa, Cupcakes 4 Kids with Cancer sent a big message to President Madiba.

"If he wants to get better, he will get better and he must keep a positive attitude," says 15 year old Bianca Lai who has a brain tumor.

"Let Mandela please be better and come out of the hospital and be president again," are the words of Cameron Smith, a nine year old cancer patient.

In addition to these children, volunteers, and other children who struggle with the disease came together to honor the president by creating a giant mosaic of his face. This portrait is made entirely out of green and pink frosted cupcakes.

The organization teamed up with the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital to create the edible art. In total, the piece included more than 5,000 cupcakes. All proceeds from cupcake sales went to the hospital.

Artist Makes Quilt with Colorful Past

Source: NPR

In the 1960s, Faith Ringgold was advised to stop painting landscapes and start using art to document what was going on in her country. Race was the topic of the day and Ringgold, a young African American woman, was about to explore using art to relay powerful messages.

Her style included "big, strong, vivid paintings from the 1960s that reflect the violence and social upheaval of that time." At the time, these paintings were hard to sell, but she felt drawn to this art form as a source of communication and enlightenment. She continued painting.

In the 80s, she took these canvases and framed them with pieces of fabric, creating story quilts. Today these quilts can be seen at the The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC.

1) What characteristics are true of early Byzantine art?

  1. Flat, linear figures
  2. Massive forms, evident in sculptures
  3. Interest in the natural world
  4. Incorporating shading and perspective

2) What is sinope?

  1. A course plaster
  2. Smooth plaster
  3. Red ocher mixed with water
  4. One work day

3) During what centuries did Byzantine art flourish?

  1. 15th - 16th
  2. 12th - 13th
  3. 9th - 11th
  4. 3rd - 4th

4) Which art phenomenon did NOT occur in the 12th century?

  1. Artists began signing their work
  2. Literacy increased among the general population
  3. Interest in nature would surface at this time
  4. Artists would study the works of antiquity

5) A characteristic of Cimabue's work includes:

  1. The pointed arched throne
  2. Purple background
  3. Christ child as infant
  4. Intricate facial expressions

Answer Key:

  1. A
  2. C
  3. B
  4. C
  5. A

Cimabue - Art in Transition

Times of transition exist in art as they do in life. New periods of art are marked by innovation, creativity, and individual genius. This was true in the transition between Byzantine styles and Renaissance art. During that time, a man known as Cimabue was credited for introducing realism to the flat art of his day.

Cimabue lived between 1251 and 1302. It is believed he was born in Florence. Unfortunately, not a lot of information survived about the man originally named Bencivieni di Pepo, or as he would be known today, Benvenuto di Giuseppe.

Cimabue was an artist specializing in paint and mosaics. His nickname meant "bullheaded" and his reputation matched this title. Dante, author of the Divine Comedy, mentions Cimabue in the part written about Purgatory. He was listed as being proud. Nevertheless, the pride which he became known for may have attributed to his many accomplishments as an artist and trendsetter. Many great pieces of art from the Middle Ages were anonymous but Cimabue set himself apart because of his "high personal standard of excellence."

To better understand art and history, Cimabue is used as a marker that divides old and new traditions of western European painting. He has been seen as this identifier by art historians since the 14th century. They also assume that his art was influenced by Giunta Pisano and Coppo di Marcovaldo. These artists were both Italo-Byzantine painters. If he was apprenticed by anyone, it may have been Coppo.

Like his biographical information, only a small amount of Cimabue's art work survived. Some of his formal pieces which include crucifixes and altarpieces are around today. Two frescoes exist in the upper church of S. Francesco, Assisi. They include Sta. Trinità Madonna and the Madonna Enthroned with St. Francis. He was often commissioned to complete these works. Keeping to religious subject matter was part of the Byzantine tradition. All the while, Cimabue's work added dramatic elements.

With the introduction of realism, the Byzantine style known to Italy withered away. It seemed Cimabue brought the artistic style to its pinnacle. New perspectives and dramatic undertones completed the style in a way that necessitated a new artistic tradition be born. He broadened the use of space in these types of paintings, as well as sculptural form. His less formal paintings showcased fresh narratives to traditional Byzantine concepts. In addition, his unique style applied to the traditional depiction of the human form was enhanced by his inclusion of nature. Also, it is said that he was one of the first artists to understand the potential of architectural paintings. He used architecture to distinguish location and expound on his realism technique with three-dimensional qualities. These many traits lead some art scholars to claim his name as the premier Florentine painter and the "first painter of 'modern' times."

As Cimabue ushered in a new artistic style, the transition was made complete by one of his students. Giotto was founded by Cimabue at age 10. He ultimately superseded his master by furthering the techniques of three-dimensional illustration and usage of space. After finding the young boy (who had showed potential by drawing a lamb onto a slate using coal), Cimabue traveled with him to Florence where he taught him art.

After Cimabue's death in 1302, Giotto took realism to another level. While Cimabue was credited for initiating the transition of art styles, Giotto has been credited as a true art revolutionist bringing forth the Italian Renaissance period. Actually, Dante includes both artists when writing his part on Purgatory. He says, "In painting Cimabue thought he held the field but now it's Giotto has the cry, so that the other's fame is dimmed."

Nevertheless, Cimabue's art lives on even though very few pieces exist today. He paved the way for other styles to emerge and ushered in the Renaissance era. His unique genius challenged art in a way few other artists have been able to do. The influence of this artist cannot be removed.

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Have you ever wondered if men and women have visual differences? After all, we don’t always see eye to eye. Now you can put curiosity to rest; one study shows people of opposing genders disagree on hues. This means men and women experience different color perspectives.

This research does not prove that one gender sees color better than the other. Rather, men and women have different visual strengths that were, at one time, used in tandem to provide sustenance for themselves and their communities. Citing a number of tests and color experiments, this study reveals how men and women see the world in unique ways.

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