Red is one of the “most visible” of colors – hence firetrucks and stop signs. It’s the color of energy, passion, and intensity – and so much more.
Here are 10 quotes from artists and designers on the curious connotations of riotous red.
1) Red is the ultimate cure for sadness. – Bill Blass
2) It is not pure fantasy to say that the color red is like the sound of a trumpet. – Joyce Carey
3) Painters use red like spice. – Derek Jarman
6) My mother warned me to avoid things colored red. – Claes Oldenburg
If you need more color expertise in your artist’s toolbox, check out some of these deep-dive DVDs on color theory and how to apply it to create brighter and more compelling paintings.
Renaissance portrait of a woman enters New York’s Frick Collection
The renowned Frick Museum in New York has acquired its first Renaissance portrait of a woman, and it is more intriguing by far than many better known portraits of men from the period. Giovanni Battista Moroni’s 1575 portrait depicts an unknown woman with an imperious sidelong gaze in a pink brocade dress and white neck ruff, with fine jewelry in her hair. Visitors can meet her gaze from 12 January, when the painting will go on view.
The Moroni portrait joins the Frick’s renowned collection of Old Masters paintings and European sculpture and decorative arts, originally established by its founder, the industrialist Henry Clay Frick. It complements Renaissance portraits of men by such artists as Bronzino, Titian and Tintoretto. But while several of the sitters in those works are known, the identity of Moroni’s muse remains a mystery.