While looking at the little screech owl, I took a series of photographs and made this gif to illustrate the of the automatic grasping action of the talons.
The structure of bird feet is set up so that the foot automatically grasps when the ankle joint is bent.
Winslow Homer: An October Day- 1889
Winslow Homer: Houses on a Hill- 1879
Winslow Homer: The Four Leaf Vlover- 1873
"The Lemon" Edouard Manet, oil.
An authentic Vermeer painting is a rare sight to see at auction. Since the re-discovery of the 17th century Dutch master by journalist and art critic Théophile Thoré-Bürger in the 1860s, paintings by Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632–1675) were only seen in the market a few times, and were last offered at auction in 1921. Today, his small body of work is almost exclusively owned by public institutions.
We took a look at the first Vermeer painting sold in more than 80 years, its history, and the research involved in its attribution.
See Edward Hopper’s masterpieces—including Nighthawks (1942), Early Sunday Morning (1931), and New York Movie (1939)—and the preparatory drawings and sketches that inspired them in Hopper Drawing, on view through October 6.
Exhibitions in Europe
As fall approaches with the resurgence of larger-than-life exhibitions in the art world, we’re headed to Europe to bring you the latest unmissable shows from the European art scene.
When examining the nature of contemporary culture, it becomes evident that much of the current global structure has its roots in late 19th-century France.
We took a look at the meaning behind the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the context of the cultural and political upheaval taking place in 19th-century Paris.