Friday Art Roundup #1: Evelyn De Morgan, Miles Davis, Johannes Verspronck

A list of five random artworks. A starting point for a diverse and fulfilling exploration in the arts.

  • Miles Davis, Bitches Brew (1970)

One of the best-selling jazz albums of all time. Credited as the opener for the jazz fusion era. Heavily criticized by jazz purists at the time, this album remains to this day one of the most popular entrance point to the music, with its blend of jazz and rock, and infectious psychedelia.

  • Evelyn De Morgan, The Gilded Cage (1919)

The final work of Pre-Raphaelite feminist painter Evelyn De Morgan before her death, which came later that year. A disarming representation of female entrapment within marriage.

  • Sidney Lumet, 12 Angry Men (1957)

The ultimate representation of “benefit of the doubt” in the American sense of the term. One of the best directorial debuts of all time. The title cast of characters behaves like a 12-piece musical ensemble and the film as a whole could even be described as symphonic.

  • Guido Galletti, Christ of the Abyss (1954)

A submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ by Guido Galletti, located in off San Fruttuoso in Italy, in the Mediterranean Sea. Two others made off the original clay positive (now located in a museum in Ravenna, Italy) are submerged off the coast of St. George’s, Grenada, and off the coast of Key Largo, Florida.

  • Johannes Verspronck, Portrait of a Girl Dressed in Blue (1641)

One of the best-known children’s portraits from Baroque era. Celebrated internationally for its attention to detail and for the portrayal of a girl whose young adult pose is betrayed by the childlike innocence of her face.

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