The Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College Dublin has launched a new website called Gothic Past, which contains downloadable images of Gothic architecture and sculpture in Ireland. This looks like it could be an important new resource for Irish material that is often hard to find.
It was a slow start to the year, but things have picked up in the last week or so. Let’s start with the big news from January:
- The bankruptcy of Eastman Kodak should come as no great surprise to anyone in this digital world, but it’s a sad loss nonetheless. Long before JPEGs there were Kodachrome slides, and long before Powerpoint there was the Kodak Carousel slide projector. Generations of art history students grew up on Kodak products.
- Two deaths and a birthday (sort of): American Surrealist painter Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012) and artist Mike Kelley (1954-2012) both died last week. And January 28 would have been the 100th birthday of Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock (1912-1956).
- And just when we thought the Dan Brown effect was finally on the wane, there’s a new revelation about Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.