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Celebrating wonderful women in art; the nature of joy in painting springtime; Michelangelo’s David takes to Dubai


While we focus on Indian art, we can’t obviously function in a vacuum. It’s a small world and everything is connected, especially on the web. So, let’s train our spotlight across the world map to see what’s going on — from art trends to socio-political issues to everything that affects the great aesthetic global consciousness. Or, let’s just travel the world and have some fun!

Sotheby’s celebrates 400 years of fabulous female artists


The Sotheby’s cross category sale (women) artists taking place from May 20-27 (aka this week) will celebrate ground-breaking artworks created by women artists over the course of four centuries, from old masters to contemporary art. Specialists have put together innovative and revolutionary artworks — from one of the most highly regarded still life painters of the 17th century, Rachel Ruysch, to one of the most important Surrealist artists of the 20th century, Dorothea Tanning. The list also features names like Jenny Saville, Dame Laura Knight, Dame Barbara Hepworth, Cecily Brown, Francoise Gilot and more. Discover more about the selection of highlights in this video by Sotheby’s on YouTube.


Viewing nature art sparks happiness, from Van Gogh to Hockney


As Londoners eagerly await artist David Hockney\’s The Arrival of Spring, which opens this week at The Royal Academy, they have been flocking to Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature at The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. The exhibition is a re-working of the hugely popular 2019 exhibition at The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and explores the two artists\’ love of nature as well as Van Gogh’s unmistakable influence on Hockney. Experts have observed that immersing oneself in nature and creating art and craftworks from it can help boost mental health. Naturally occurring patterns in nature could also likely trigger elation and dopamine. BBC Culture explores the phenomenon.


17-foot, 3D-print of David heads to Dubai


Like many destinations reliant on tourism, Florence, Italy has suffered during the pandemic. But now, Digital David is a new opportunity for the destination to showcase its artistic ingenuity to the world. Researchers at the University of Florence have created an exact replica of Michelangelo’s statue of the biblical hero David before he slays the giant Goliath (one of the world\’s most famous artworks), 500 years after its creation. This has been done for Italy’s Pavilion at this year’s Expo 2020 Dubai, using cutting-edge, 3D-printing technology. The team made thousands of digital scans of the 17-foot-tall statue and expert art restorers pieced together the 3D-printed parts and applied the final touches with glue and marble dust. CNN Style elaborates on the mammoth effort.


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