The Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum forms, together with the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia, the golden triangle of art in Madrid. Earlier, we released an audio tour of the Prado Museum, and now you can also enjoy a tour of the Thyssen-Bornemisza during your visit to Madrid. They are perfectly complementary museums, as the collection of the Thyssen was designed to fill some of the gaps in the other museums in Madrid. Our new highlights tour takes you from a classic 15th-century portrait by Domenico Ghirlandaio to Modern Art by artists like Wassily Kandinsky. The tour is freely available in the Amuze app (available on Android and iOS).
Now that many museums are reopening again, we have decided to release our latest audio tour. We have added a highlights tour of The Art Institute of Chicago to the Amuze app (available on Android and iOS). This museums has a very large collection of art, and houses some truly iconic works. Among the works, that you cannot miss when visiting the museum is A Sunday at La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat. It is the result of three years of hard work, applying millions of individual dots of paint in the Pointillist style. It is one of those works that continues to amaze viewers every day, and one that is much more impressive when standing in front of it than when looking at an image of it.
Every Friday, we release a new Amuze Art Lecture. In these 2-minute videos, a well-known artwork is discussed in an accessible and fun way. Over the last weeks, we have the released the following five videos:
Amuze Art Lecture #14 discusses The Fighting Temeraire by J. M. W. Turner in the National Gallery in London. In 2005, this painting was voted the greatest painting in Britain, based on a poll by BBC Radio 4 that received over 100.000 votes. There are a several reasons for the popularity of this painting.
In Amuze Art Lecture #13, we discuss one of the most famous paintings in the world: La Primavera by Sandro Botticelli in the Uffizi Museum. The painting contains over 500 individual flowers and between 170 and 200 different varieties. But more prominent are the nine mythological figures in the foreground, each of whom is discussed in our lecture.
Amuze Art Lecture #12 discusses The Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David. The original version of this enormous painting is on display in the Louvre and an almost identical copy is on display in the Palace of Versailles. The video discusses who the main figures in this work are, and how Napoleon used this painting as propaganda.
The 11th Amuze Art Lecture discusses the most ambitious work by Paul Cézanne. The Large Bathers is on display in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Cézanne worked on it for the last decade of his life, and the work is still unfinished. Throughout his career, Cézanne was obsessed with painting nude bathers and he painted over 200 versions of them. In this video, it is explained what this ultimate version shows, why many consider this to be such a masterpiece, and how this work has influenced the development of Modern Art.
Washington Crossing the Delaware is arguably the most famous painting about American history. In the tenth Amuze Art Lecture, we discuss this painting by Emanuel Leutze in two minutes. Painted in 1851, it shows a scene from the night of December 25-26, 1776 when George Washington surprises the opponent in the American Civil War by crossing the icy Delaware River. The German-American Leutze captures this scene in all its glory and romanticizes it a bit. He includes people from all walks of life in the main boat in the foreground to show which kind of people would be part of the United States of America when it was formed some years later. In the video, it will become clear who is who in this painting and in which areas Leutze bended the truth a bit.
The ninth Amuze Art Lecture discusses in 2 minutes arguably the most famous fresco painted by Raphael. The School of Athens is painted on the wall of the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican Museums. The room is part of the Raphael Rooms and the Stanza della Segnatura was designed to function as the library of Pope Julius II. The idea was to organize the books of the pope in four categories: law, philosophy, poetry, and theology. The fresco of the School of Athens is full of ancient philosophers and thus represents the philosophy theme.
Amuze Art Lecture #8 discusses The Artist’s Studio by Gustave Courbet. This enormous painting (361 cm × 598 cm or 142 in × 235 in) is located in the Musée d'Orsay and is more fully known as The Painter’s Studio: A Real Allegory Summing up Seven Years of My Artistic and Moral Life.