Red Rose Studio: Love and camaraderie expressed on canvas

Red Rose Studio: Love and camaraderie expressed on canvas

Violet Oakley was a painter, stained-glass artist and illustrator. She is best known for her murals currently on display inside the Pennsylvania State Capitol. Those paintings represent the largest public work ever to be completed by a woman. This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure, an oil-on-canvas entitled Red Rose Studio, depicts the Red Rose Inn, Oakley’s home …

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Return of Ulysses: A Greek classic set to an African American voice

Return of Ulysses: A Greek classic set to an African American voice

In 1977, while making black-and-white photostat copies of Renaissance paintings, Romare Bearden (1911-1988) realized that most of the subjects were white. He reversed the black and white tones which darkened the color of the characters and, by doing so, added an African American voice to art history. This realization, coupled with the advancements of the …

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