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Dear Flipped Again,

It’s been six weeks since my last post but I have not forsaken you. Here is another page in Arts History. — KG

Sir Anthony van Dyck (Dutch pronunciation: [vɑn ˈdɛi̯k], many variant spellings;[2] 22 March 1599 – 9 December 1641) was a Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England, after enjoying great success in Italy and Flanders. He is most famous for his portraits of Charles I of England and his family and court, painted with a relaxed elegance that was to be the dominant influence on English portrait-painting for the next 150 years. He also painted biblical and mythological subjects, displayed outstanding facility as a draughtsman, and was an important innovator in watercolour and etching …

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Anthony van Dyck: Self-Portrait with a Sunflower (c.1632).

Anthony van Dyck: Self-Portrait with a Sunflower (c.1632).

 

… Ben Thompson, Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville,  asked Art History Professor Scott Brown to write an essay contextualizing the artwork for the publication which would accompany the show. They had served together on several committees and Thompson knew that although Brown was a medievalist, he had an interest in the cutting edge art of today.

Brown found that many of the artists alluded to the past in their subject matter, composition, or technique. Jason John’s “Birdboy” pays homage to Flemish Baroque artist Anthony Van Dyck’s “Self-portrait with a Sunflower” (1632).

Because these are young artists, there has not been the availability or opportunity for art historians to look at their work in depth. Brown proposed and developed a Junior Methods Seminar where his students will spend the semester examining the nature of the exhibit as a whole. They will research one artist and then write a scholarly essay on one piece of that artist’s work.

Jason John: Birdboy 2010

Jason John: Birdboy 2010

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NOTE TO SELF:  You need to get in touch with Dr. Brown tomorrow.

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