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Guillermo Lorca’s Painted Operas

From the latest issue: Download the January/February 2019 issue of  Fine Art Connoisseur magazine to read the feature article "Guillermo Lorca's Painted Operas" and much more. Related >...

The Benefits of Bi-Coastal Living

Now that Michelle Jung has found her artistic voice, she feels enthused about expressing it as fully as she can. Living in two areas helps her to do just that.

Julie Bell: Looking Back, Looking Within

written by Louise Joyner The career of Julie Bell (b.1958) is a testament to the enduring power of realism in American art.  Focused on eight...

A Cutback You Will Notice

In May, the White House released details on its proposed Fiscal Year 2018 "skinny budget," which will, among other things, give the 52-year-old National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) just enough money to wind down its activities and close permanently ($29 million vs. its previous allocation of $150 million).

More Than Just Faces

Everyone has one, so everyone is interested, to a lesser or greater degree. I'm referring to the face. Artists have been depicting faces for millennia, sometimes flatteringly and sometimes frankly, but always with the understanding that every viewer has a direct connection with the subject—and also a way of assessing the rendition's accuracy.

The Timeless Appeal of Horses

by Max Gillies, contributing writing to Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Horses have played a starring role in art from its very beginnings.  On the walls...

In Minneapolis, Reconsidering Martin Luther

Although it wasn't until 1517 that Martin Luther (1483-1546) became the face of the Protestant Reformation by posting his Ninety-Five Theses on the doors of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, the roots of dissatisfaction with the Roman Catholic Church were deep-seated by then.
CRAIG BLIETZ (b. 1956), Leicester’s Earth, 2015, tempera and oil on panel, 9 x 12 in., private collection

Feathers, Fur & Fins: Animal Art is Thriving

As fellow residents of Earth, animals have always fascinated humans, especially the artists among us. Thus many creatures appear in prehistoric cave paintings, and...

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