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Segmation Art Newsletter

January 2014

Classic Tales 2

More classics! Enjoy coloring Goldilocks, Jack and the Beanstalk, Milkmaid, Puss in Boots, Enchanted Prince, and Hansel and Gretel in this fairy tales set.

Wedding Bells

Here comes the bride..and other wedding themed patterns including a groom, wedding cake, wedding rings, altar, and dancing!

Ground Vehicles

Paint our ground vehicles. Choose from a colorfully drawn ambulance, bus, car, tow truck, train, or truck!

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Benozzo Gozzoli - Italian Renaissance Painter

Benozzo Gozzoli (c. 1421 – 1497) was an Italian Renaissance painter. Although his art doesn’t rival his contemporaries in terms of elevation or strength, his works are attractive because of the rich, lively, and abundant aspects of subjects and objects. In his many frescos, he used bright, vivacious and festive colors. He is best known for a series of detailed murals in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi depicting festive, vibrant processions. These include the frescos of the Magi in the Magi Chapel, the Journey of the Magi to Bethlehem and a composition of Angels in Paradise. He included a self portrait in the procession. Our pattern set for Benozzo Gozzoli contains many of his recognized works, both in their entirety and also details. The set includes a self portrait, John VIII Palaeologus, several Madonna and Child paintings, Saint Fortunatus Enthroned, Processor of the Magus Balthaza, Follower of the Old King, Lorenzo De' Medici, The Contemplation of Angels, The Evangelists Luke and John, and the Vision of St. Dominic.

Ducks in a Row

Duck is a common name for a large number of species of birds which includes both swans and geese. Ducks are characterized by having long necks, broad bills, scaled legs, colorful plumage, and short, pointed wings. Popular types of ducks include Mandarin, Mallard, Teals, and Wood (also known as Carolina). You can find ducks all over the world in suitable habitats. Our Duck pattern set includes many images of colorful ducks sitting, flying, landing, and walking in their natural environments. You'll find ducklings, mallards, mandarins, and teals in assorted poses and photographic compositions.

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Is Detroit the Next Florence?

Source: Forbes

Can Detroit rise above the ashes of its crippled economy and destitute reputation? According to New Art Dealers Alliance, Detroit may not be a national embarrassment for long. Book publisher Phaidon recently released a book titled, "Art Cities of the Future". Detroit made the cut.

But with Detroit's Institute of Art facing a possible $850 million liquidation, it is hard to envision the Motor City could ever compare to art capitals like Florence, Paris, or even New York. But Phaidon's belief in Detroit is igniting conversation among art enthusiasts everywhere.

Forbes contributor Jonathon Keats extends this optimism by saying, "Work that does eventually transcend time and space usually emerges from the highly specific circumstances of a place where art is of immediate and urgent concern."

Will concern over Detroit soon transform into attraction to its art?

Will Mobile Devices Revive Art Sales?

Source: The Huffington Post

Hope is not lost. Timeless art can and will be enjoyed for generations to come. In fact, art is transforming to fit the demands of this technological era.

There are over 300 art galleries that have accessible e-commerce platforms. The Huffington Post reports that "71 percent of all art collectors [have] purchased a piece online at some point." The art industry sees 2013 as the year that art commerce became digital. Overall, progress has been seen as fair and future progress seems promising.

However, this promise is not founded on art alone. The evolution and accessibility of technology has a big impact on online art sales. As online art galleries continue to advance, they may become the preferred way to acquire art.

1) What is the Western definition of renaissance?

  1. Rebirth
  2. To fly
  3. Training
  4. Worship of one deity

2) Which Renaissance artist painted the Arena Chapel in Padua, Italy?

  1. Petrarch
  2. Giotto
  3. Brunelleschi
  4. Ghiberti

3) What work of art did Brunelleschi create?

  1. Painted the Sistine Chapel
  2. Domed the Florence Cathedral
  3. Statue of David
  4. Designed Bronze doors for the Baptistry

4) What artist created the 'School of Athens' which depicted Plato?

  1. Da Vinci
  2. Donatello
  3. Masaccio
  4. Raphael

5) Who do historians generally consider to be true Renaissance Man?

  1. Santi
  2. Durer
  3. Da Vinci
  4. Petrarch

Answer Key:

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

The Accomplished Artist - Benozzo Gozzoli

Benozzo Gozzoli was an Italian painter in the early part of the Renaissance era. He was an accomplished artist with dozens of paintings, frescos, and murals to his name. Today, people remember Gozzoli for his work. Even though his style is not as distinct as other artists of his time, he was able to create a multitude of pieces, many of which attract audiences to this day.

Some sources say Gozzoli was born in 1420, although there is some debate about the exact year and birthplace. There is not a lot written about the personal life of Gozzoli. During his youthful years, however, he could be found in Florence, Italy.

In his twenties, he transitioned to Rome where he started his career as an artist by apprenticing with Fra Angelico. He worked alongside Angelico for many years and spent a good amount of time painting the Dominican monastery of San Marco. When this project was complete, Gozzoli began work with Lorenzo Ghiberti.

Gozzoli's style was greatly impacted by the decade he spent as an apprentice. He learned many traits from Ghiberti and Angelico. For instance, his aptitude to tell a story through his paintings by using vivid illustrations and fine details was a sign of Ghiberti. Angelico's influence shown in Gozzoli's use of brilliant colors.

However, like a good pupil, Gozzoli took these influences and developed his own personal style. Many critiques will make the point that Gozzoli's work was not as strong as other artists of his time. But he had a great way of bringing paintings to life by portraying settings and people that were full of life and color. This was especially true when his subject matter was lighthearted.

While not always seen as original, Gozzoli set himself apart from his contemporaries in more ways than one. Even though he was not known for his attention to detail (in fact, many pieces of his work can be found with errors), he did enjoy embellishing landscapes with animals and birds. Also Gozzoli's tireless efforts cannot be denied. The sheer number of paintings he produced prove he was one of the most accomplished artists of the Italian Renaissance.

His paintings are too many to list. Throughout the course of his career, he was responsible for creating nearly 145 different scenes. Much of his artwork can be visited today, as he had the privilege of painting the interiors of many historic locations.

The Lateran Museum now holds his Madonna and Child with Saints and Angels, which he painted in the monastery of S. Fortunato in 1449. Some of Gozzoli's landmark paintings include the Medici-Riccardi Palace. In 1459 he completed Journey of the Magi to Bethlehem, a fresco in the chapel. Then in 1463 he worked at San Gimignano to create 17 different scenes from the life of St. Augustine. One of his greatest commissions took place in Campo Santo, a cemetery in Pisa. There, he completed 25 frescoes inspired by Old Testament Bible stories.

The latest artwork attributed to Gozzoli (for certain) was dated 1485. He died in 1497. Some sources say he was buried in the monastery of San Domenico in Pistoria. Others claim his final resting place was Campo Santo, Pisa. With more than 500 years separating Gozzoli and modern day, it is easy to think of him as a mysterious man. But it's hard to imagine him that way in his own time. He painted his way through Italy and it can be assumed that he was seen then, as he is now, as an accomplished artist.

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Colors add beauty and variety to the world around us. They are pleasant from every perspective – expect the dark. After all, color cannot be seen without light. Or can it?

Color is created when light reflects an object. Light waves cause this to occur and the frequencies at which they travel, fast or slow, determines color. For instance, red has a low frequency while purple has a high frequency. If there is no light, there can be no light waves and color cannot be seen.

This is true most of the time. There is only one exception: items that glow in the dark.

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