The Guardian has a piece this week on the mysterious orb held by Christ in the Leonardo da Vinci painting currently on view at Christie’s. “Solid glass or crystal, whether shaped like an orb or a lens, produces magnified, inverted, and reversed images,” historian Walter Isaacson says of the image. “Instead, Leonardo painted the orb as if it were a hollow glass bubble that does not refract or distort the light passing through it.”
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School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston/Tufts University BFA, Boston
Goldin is an American photographer who first received attention for her photographs of the gay and transvestite community in her first solo show exhibited in Boston.
Following her time in Boston, she moved to New York where she involved herself in the post-punk and new-wave music scenes, ultimately partaking in the Bowery’s drug culture.
Her most famous work, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, was formed from photographs taken between 1979 and 1986 and depicts drug use, violent and aggressive human interaction and other autobiographical moments. Critics have frequently criticized her glamorization of heroin-culture and pioneering of the later-popular grunge style.
Other famous series are I’ll Be Your Mirror and All By Myself.
Initially produced at a time when most fine art galleries did not feature photography, her work is still most commonly displayed in a slideshow format. More recent work features a broader selection of subjects.
Simon and Jessica in the shower Paris 2001, via Radio Libre.
Kate Moss on her White Horse as Lady Godiva via The World’s Best Ever.