QUIZ: Which Muse Are You?

Famous paintings over the years are filled with lovely female models. They convey strength, beauty, and- in some cases- mystery. Who is this muse? Why is she portrayed in this light? I can’t give you a definitive answer to those questions, but I can at least offer this quiz to help you determine which portrait you best embody. Be sure to share your results in the comments!

1. If I were an animal, I’d probably be a…

A. Lion B. Squirrel C. Fish D. Domestic house cat

2. My favorite accessory is…

A. Gold chain B. Colored scarf C. Earrings D. Ribbon headband

3. In photos, I often look…

A. Angry B. Relaxed C. Shy D. Bored

4. I could see my muse living in…

A. Italy B. Poland C. The Netherlands D. New York City

5. A lot of my friends are…

A. Dead B. Animals C. Older than me D. Wealthy

RESULTS

If you picked mostly A’s…you’re Judith Slaying Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi!

If you picked mostly B’s…you’re Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci!

If you picked mostly C’s…you’re Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer!

If you picked mostly D’s…you’re Countess d’Haussonville by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres!

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(Source: The Frick Collection App)

Spotlight: The Art of…INSERT DISNEY FILM HERE Books

I don’t know if you all know- or if you’re even concerned with this sort of thing- but my birthday is exactly one week from tomorrow! So, today my stepmother asked me what I wanted. One thing I know I’m asking for is Sia’s new 1000 Forms of Fear album. The other thing is one of the Disney Store’s coffee table books that depict the artistic concepts and processes behind some of their most well-known millennial movies. The problem is that I’m not sure WHICH book in the series to ask for…

Here are the books, most if not all written by major producers and animators of their respective films-
The Art of Frozen
The Art of Monsters University
The Art of Cars 2
The Art of Cars
The Art of Finding Nemo
The Art of Monsters, Inc.
The Art of Tangled
The Art of The Incredibles
The Art of Brave
The Art of The Princess and the Frog
The Art of Up
The Art of Ratatouille
The Art of Wreck-It Ralph
The Art of WALL-E
The Art of Toy Story 3

They all look like beautiful books, but I think I’ve narrowed it down to Frozen, Tangled, Monsters University, The Princess and the Frog, and Wreck-It Ralph. With that, I turn things over to all of my readers; have you ever perused an ART OF…Disney book? Which one(s) do you recommend? Visually, which Disney films stand out to you?

“Salome with the Head of John the Baptist”

Taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As the legend goes, Salome, the daughter of a king, was so angered by John the Baptist’s unwillingness to love her that she ordered his head be brought to her on a silver platter. I love the use of color in this portrait and the dramatic, almost “shock value” depiction of that event. The story of Salome and John was even given the (rather bad, or so I’ve heard) operatic treatment.