The monthly ArtSmart Roundtable brings together some of the best art-focused travel blogs to post on a common theme. This month we are discussing Color. Check out all the stories below!
As the old saying goes – “Clothes make the man.” Nowhere is this more true than in Ancient Rome. They had a purple dye so rare and so valuable that wearing it was reserved for the elite. Eventually only the Emperor was allowed to wear full garments of this color, known as Tyrian purple. So where did this precious color come from? A sea snail native to Lebanon.
Emperor Justinian I wears a purple robe while his chief advisers have a broad stripe of purple in their garments. The Byzantines inherited the connection between purple and power. This mosaic is from Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna (Photo)
In just a few weeks I’ll be headed to Italy! I was very honored to be invited on this trip and could not pass up the opportunity to connect with professionals in the travel industry, catch up with fellow bloggers, and take an art pilgrimage to see one of the greatest pieces of Western Art.
Tiberius Bridge, Rimini (Photo: zioWoody, Flickr)
Several religious practices are popular in Taiwan, although the line between them is often blurred. Buddha can be found in Taoist temples and living by Confucian ideals is compatible with any faith tradition. Reliably it is actually the art and architecture of a temple that can be used to determine the beliefs of its worshipers. One excellent contrast between temple design can be found in north Taipei where literally across the street from the Taoism Baoan Temple is the Taipei Confucius Temple. Let walk through this elegant temple to understand what is unique about its decorations and why the temple is decorated this way.
Moss and ferns cling to the roof of the Lingxing Gate which leads to the Taipei Confucius Temple sanctuary.
The monthly ArtSmart Roundtable brings together some of the best art-focused travel blogs to post on a common theme. This month we are finding Art that Inspires from our travels. Check out all the stories below!
Contemplating a Pollock at (Photo: Pete Aylward, Flickr)
Art by itself is empty; it requires an audience to react, contemplate and interpret it for themselves. It is the skill of the artist that turns pigments on a board and chipped away marble into something that can elicit emotion or opinion from viewers. Every art connoisseur is different, so it is very common for us each to like different styles or pieces. I certainly have my favorites and not-so-favorites. This month the ArtSmart Roundtable is looking at “Inspiring Art” so I thought I’d take a look at not just art that is beautiful or emotional, but art that simply astounds me.