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Botticelli’s ‘Venus and Mars’ Stoned From An Indian Hallucinogenic Plant?

In Arts, India on June 12, 2010 at 11:41 am

Don’t know about Venus, but Mars definitely looks stoned in this painting. The little satyr next to Venus with the helmet on his head looks like he too had some of what Mars was having.

The theory is Greeks and Romans took the hallucinogenic datura stramonium to the Mediterranean from India, and Botticelli ‘knew about it’ and may have painted it into this Renaissance classic (get the full scoop at NPR).

Tranquil Moment For The Day.

In Animals, Arts, India on May 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Whenever we have a stressful day, or as it seems today, a stressful start to the week, with bad weather, transportation, work politics, etc, we find ourselves drawn back to the tranquillity of the “Ashes and Snow” exhibition from a few years back.  The soundtrack and insanely beautiful photography seem to put everything back into perspective!

Cool Art Watch: Sculptures From Pencils And Nails.

In Arts, India on April 24, 2010 at 9:18 am

Who would’ve thought pointed pencils and nails would make stunning art? Jennifer Maestre did, and describes her inspiration like this:

My sculptures were originally inspired by the form and function of the sea urchin. The spines of the urchin, so dangerous yet beautiful, serve as an explicit warning against contact. The alluring texture of the spines draws the touch in spite of the possible consequences. The tension unveiled, we feel push and pull, desire and repulsion.


One Of Single Largest Art Solo Exhibitions in Mumbai.

In Arts on April 3, 2010 at 10:54 am
We’re sorry we missed the boat on this one, but what a great achievement by JP Singhal to have had one of the largest Single Solo Exhibitions of Indian Art to ever have had in Mumbai last month.

“Known for his inimitable style of painting that incorporates bold brush strokes and vibrant colours, Singhal gives his subjects vividness and life through realism. At a time, when fine art was written off as kitsch art, Singhal singularly broke creative barriers and gave the genre much needed respectability and admiration among the critics.” (IndiaPR Wire)

For more on his art, visit his website.

Anish Kapoor’s Design Chosen As London 2012 Olympics Monument.

In Architecture, Arts, India, Sports on March 31, 2010 at 6:57 pm

(Watch the artist interview and read post at BBC)

The 115m tall piece, named the ArcelorMittal Orbit, will be placed in the Olympic Park and will be 22m higher than New York’s Statue of Liberty. The £19.1m design incorporates the five Olympic rings and will offer visitors panoramic views of London.

And that’s how names and monuments get into the history books. Because long after the games are over, a monument named ArcelorMittal, bought for a paltry £16m, will tower over London for decades to come. And it will carry the name of Lakshmi Mittal, 2010 Forbes’ 5th richest man in the world.