Artistic Profile: Albrecht Durer

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Self Portrait at the Age of Twenty-Eight, 1500, Art Print by Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Durer was one of the first European landscape artists and a well-known artist from the Renaissance period, who also focused on religious themes, still life themes and portraits. In addition to painting, Durer was also into woodcutting and printmaking.

Durer was born in 1471 in Nuremberg, Germany and was the second of 18 children. When Durer was 15 years old, he began an apprenticeship with Michael Wolgemut. From there, he traveled to expand his experience, but eventually returned to Nuremberg to marry Agnes Frey, who was the daughter of a prominent brass worker.

Soon after his marriage, which was arranged, he traveled to Italy alone. Although his home base was Nuremberg, during Durer’s lifetime, he spent extended time in the Netherlands and in Italy, where he worked with other Renaissance artists. He was friendly with the masters from this period of time, such as Leonardo Da Vinci, and even exchanged drawings with Raphael. He was very well-respected and Durer had a variety of influential patrons, such as Maximilian I.

Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand, 1508, Art Print by Albrecht Durer

He is known for his woodcut prints, which were mostly religious scenes, such as the sixteen designs of the Apocalypse. Other woodcut series he completed were the Great Passion and Life of the Virgin. He is also known for his paintings of Adam and Eve, which he completed in 1507, The Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand, which he painted in 1508 for Frederick of Saxony, and Young Hare.

City Color Palettes

by Beth

Decorate any room in your home with these city-inspired color palettes. Art prints such as Skyline by Erin Ashley or City View I by by Norm Olson, provide the perfect color combinations for your decorating inspiration.

City Color Palette: Bright City Lights Blue I, Art Print by James Wiens

Skyline, Art Print by Erin Ashley

City Color Palette: New York Skyline I, Art Print by David Fischer

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Energizing Art Prints

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Water, Art Print by Candice Alford

Create an energizing space by carefully selecting art prints with the right colors and imagery to achieve your decorating goals.

According to the ancient practice of Feng Shui, water colors, such as navy blue, black and dark blue, may have an energizing effect in your workspace. Decorate an office or a designated work area with these colors to help enhance our career energy. Choose artworks such as The Starry Night art print by Vincent Van Gogh, Blue Dawn art print by Kate Birch or Water art print by Candice Alford. The dark colors in these art prints can be balanced with light walls or light metal accessories.

Summer at the Cottage I, Art Print by Kelsey Hochstatter

Green is said to be an energizing color that creates positive energy for family gatherings. It’s the color of life, growth and renewal. Decorate your family room with different hues of green to create a space where friends and family are comfortable. Choose art prints such as Green Oak Leaves art print by Georgia O’Keeffe, Summer at the Cottage I art print by Kelsey Hochstatter or Concentric Sage art print by Ricki Mountain.

Looking for romance? Decorate with red and pink art prints to enhance your love life. Hang framed art prints such as Secret Moments II art print by Alfred Gockel, Red Cannas art print by Georgia O’Keeffe or Red Horizon art print by Peter Wileman.

Red Horizon, Art Print by Peter Wileman

Sunset Color Palettes

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Nature provides a beautiful display of light every night as the sun sets. No two sunsets are ever the same and the color variations are chosen by Mother Nature herself. Use these beautiful sunset art print as inspiration when choosing the color palettes for your next decorating project.

Sunset Color Palette: Icelandic Sunset, Art Print by Maciej Duczynski

Sunset Color Palette: Sunset Serenade, Art Print by Diane Romanello

Sunset Color Palette: Sunset in the Yosemite Valley, 1868, Art Print by Albert Bierstadt

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Picnic Color Palettes

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The first day of spring means warmer weather is on its way. To celebrate, BandagedEar.com created color palettes with inspiration from picnic-themed art prints, such as Luncheon at Argenteuil by Claude Monet and The Picnic by Francisco De Goya. The beautiful colors of nature are highlighted in these color palettes to provide decorating inspiration.

Picnic Color Palette: The Picnic by Francisco De Goya

Picnic Color Palette: The Picnic Party II by Jack Vettriano

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Artist Profile: Peter Paul Rubens

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The Triumph of the Eucharist, Art Print by Peter Paul Rubens

Sir Peter Paul  Rubens was Flemish Baroque painter from the 17th century who established a high level of notoriety during his lifetime. In fact, he was one of the most successful painters during the entire Baroque era. He painted a variety of subjects such as religion, portraits, landscapes, history and allegorical subjects.

He was born in the town of Siegen, which is located in current-day Germany. After his father’s death, Rubens family moved to Antwerp in the Spanish Netherlands (current-day Belgium). During his formative years, Rubens received an education in artistic training and served as an apprentice to a variety of established artists.

Rubens traveled around Europe to study the works of masters, such as Titan, Raphael and Michelangelo. He received commissions to paint portraits, religious paintings for churchesand even found an employer. Eventually, he returned to Antwerp to  establish his own studio. Read the rest of this entry »

Chinese New Year 2015: The Year of the Sheep

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Big Horn Ram, Art Print by Pamela Gladding

As the Year of the Horse comes to an end, February 19, 2015 marks the Chinese New Year where we welcome in the Year of the Sheep. In Chinese tradition, each year is dedicated to one of twelve different animals: a dragon, horse, monkey, rat, boar, rabbit, dog, rooster, ox, tiger, snake or ram. The Chinese New Year typically falls in January or February and the celebrations last for 15 days.

People born in the Year of the Sheep are thought to be kind, loyal and good-natured. Sheep personalities are also adaptable and committed to their work. Some famous people born in the Year of the Sheep include Michelangelo, Mark Twain, Frida Kahlo and Julia Roberts.

When celebrating the New Year, is tradition to leave the past behind and start anew. Clean your home, get a haircut, wash your car or redecorate to start the New Year off right. BandagedEar.com has a variety of sheep art prints to celebrate the Year of the Sheep.

Albert Bierstadt Color Palettes

by Beth

Use these nature-inspired color palettes derived from Albert Bierstadt art prints. Choose from a variety of landscapes, such as tropical destinations, mountains, sunsets and waterfalls.

Albert Bierstadt Color Palette: Bahamas Harbour 1882

Albert Bierstadt Color Palette: Yosemite Valley

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2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

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Marsala

Every year, Pantone, LLC – the ultimate authority on color – designates a color of the year. Bold colors such as Radiant Orchid, Tangerine Tango and Honeysuckle were deemed the “it” colors. In 2015, you can expect to see a lot of red wine-inspired hues with Marsala being the color of the year.

Add Marsala to your color palette by replacing or adding new art prints to your home or office. BandagedEar.com offers high-quality art prints and framed art prints to help you take part in this trend in a budget-friendly way. Check out some of the top picks from our home decor experts:

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Vincent van Gogh Color Palettes

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Vincent van Gogh was a Post-Impressionist Dutch painter who was most well-known for his bold paintings such as The Starry Night, Vase with Twelve Sunflowers and Starry Night Over the Rhone. Use these beautiful color palettes inspired by Van Gogh’s artwork as inspiration for your next home decor project.

Vincent van Gogh Color Palette: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers

Vincent van Gogh Color Palette: The Starry Night, c.1889

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