Author: Stacey Leonard

Design for a wall panel. At the bottom, two satyrs sacrifice flowers at the foot of a burning candelabrum. The satyrs support, with their heads, two half female figures (half female and half flower stem). The figures hold a medallion with a maenad. A putto, supporting a vase, stands on top of the medallion. At the very to center of the composition are two billing doves and at the edges two putti. The putti hold festoons and garlands from which then flower baskets are suspended. The doves hold long garlands, which are then connected to two female figures (one at each side of the central composition). These female figures in turn stand on long decorative spears, which rest on the end tips of the half female figures.
From Frivolity to Revolt: The Hôtel de Salm’s Role in the French Revolution
Mixing classical themes with whimsy, the Panel of Arabesques for the Hôtel de Salm is a vibrant example of Neo-classical taste. The design, colored a bright turquoise, decoratively illustrates motifs of satyrs and flower nymphs participating in a religious sacrifice. Bright color palettes were exceedingly popular during the period but were later covered up with...
Exhibition poster with a black and white photo of a man with glasses from the shoulders up. Photo is covered with squares (5 vertically x 3 horizontally) printed to form an opaque layer on top of the photo. The top 4 rows of squares contain the logo of the Dutch Post Office, which is transparent, like the outlines of the squares. At the bottom of the 4th row of squares red title text. The bottom row of squares is inscribed with transparent text. "chris de moor" in grey text at bottom right.
Who is the Man Behind the Design?
There is—literally—a man behind the design of the post office in Pieter Brattinga’s (1931-2004) De Man Achter de Vormgeving van de P.T.T. This poster is for a 1960 exhibition by the Dutch postal service, the PTT (then the Staatsbedrijf der Posterijen, Telegrafie en Telefonie; now the Koninklijke PTT Nederland). The PTT, founded in the nineteenth...
View of the Parthenon temple lit up at night
Hauntingly Beautiful: Frederic Edwin Church’s Parthenon Sketch
Home of the mythological goddess Athena, the Parthenon is a hauntingly sacred place where the air is ominously rife with magic. Or, at least, that is the mood evoked in Frederic Edwin Church’s (1826-1900) oil sketch of the Parthenon. To create this effect, Church chose to paint the building from below, giving the impression that...