Markus Ray’s “Art Look”

… an art lover’s companion.

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LOVE FOR DüRER

Albrecht Dürer Shaped My Sensibility I was 17 or so in 1971, 500 years exactly after the birth of Albrecht Dürer. I grew up in Mount Vernon, a small town named after George Washington’s estate, on the banks of the Kokosing River, amidst the rolling hills of central Ohio. We were 40 miles [...]

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THE MILLEFIORI WORLD OF KLIMT

In the Best Bookstore in the World As you all know from my last commentary I am in Love with Estonia. There are many reasons. One is that the best bookstore in the world is in Tallinn, and Sondra and I love to hang out there, have a coffee, peruse our favorite books (many in […]

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VAN EYCK’S “LAMB OF GOD”

A Day in Ghent We went to Ghent last Monday with Geert and Fabienne, our close friends here in Belgium. To say it was a “lovely day” is an understatement of huge proportions. The atmosphere was clear and the gentle breeze was blowing a cool relief amidst an early June day of crystal [...]

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VERMEER IN AMSTERDAM

What I Love About Vermeer We started our European tour in Amsterdam. We arrived there two weeks ago, and I cannot remember an easier hop over the great water to Europe. We were met by our friend Monique at Schiphol Airport, who took us to our apartment in the center of Amsterdam at De Hallen. [...]

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ANDREW WYETH—LOVE BEYOND MEASURE

A Master of a Different Medium I was never into Andrew Wyeth, any more than I aspired toward Norman Rockwell. Neither formed my standard in art toward whom I would copy and emulate. Rockwell was an illustrator of Americana scenes in the Saturday Evening Post. Andrew Wyeth was considered more of [...]

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