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: Beautiful DVD Cover Art

Have you ever experienced the feeling of not planning to purchase something, but then having your mind changed after you saw it in person? I find that particularly true when it comes to DVD covers. Think about it- they’re super important! They need to, with a single image, catch your eye and then tell you enough about a movie to make you want to watch it! With that, I’ve compiled a list of some of the most effective DVD cover artwork I’ve seen.

 Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition

 Saving Mr. Banks

 Frozen Singalong Edition

 Katy Perry: Part of Me

 Memoirs of a Geisha

 About Time

 White Christmas: Diamond Anniversary Edition

 Titanic

 The Great Gatsby (2013)

 Into the Woods (Original Broadway Production)

Do you agree with my choices? What are some of your favorite DVD or Blu-Ray covers?

Pop Quiz!

Just what you wanted on a Monday morning, right?! It’s like high school all over again!

What do these three religious figures all have in common?

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Answer to come with this week’s main entry. Also *points* please fill out the Fanciullas survey that I’ve linked to; it will take you literally a couple of minutes but will give me great feedback on how the blog is doing.

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?

Sondheim Remix!

Good morning!

I’ll be entering a competition for NY City Center to re-imagine a piece from Sunday in the Park with George. The winners will get a chance to perform their work for Stephen Sondheim! I’m hoping to be done with my entry by the end of next week. When it’s complete, I will post the video. There is a panel of judges for this contest (that means it’s not based on hits or popular vote) but your support and feedback would be greatly appreciated. For a musician, this is the opportunity of a lifetime…so THANK 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.