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The Wikipediafication of Fine Art


  Rich Visual Vocabulary A lot of Renaissance art is stuffed with symbols we hardly see now: oh, that orange on the table in Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Wedding? Means sex and money, like a boss. Or before The Fall because it’s not an apple. The single, lit candle? The Holy Spirit. Spheroid mirror with the shadowy [...]

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The Greatest Self-Portrait of All Time…so far


Back in 1991, fine artist Marc Quinn, (one of what’s now known as the Young British Artists) started the greatest self-portrait project of all time. Self (blood head) is a self portrait that has been cast and frozen, made out of 4.5 litres of Quinn’s own blood, reportedly extracted over a period of about 5 [...]

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