Wednesday, May 05, 2004

The Velvet (is) Underground...

But not for long. Referring to the deficiencies of the millinerd grand tour (see below), "john" writes,
I am astonished that you, with your extensive art background, could have ignored the items spoken about at this web site. There should be a MOBVA somewhere.
And he is right! (About both my extensive art background, and my lamentable ignorance on this point.) Indeed I had no idea that
Though it's often omitted from art history, curator Christina Ochoa says black velvet painting goes back to the 14th century, when Marco Polo found samples of velvet paintings in Kashmir.
And that
many artists appreciate the lush texture and depth of contrast of black velvet, which makes paintings seem to "glow" with an inner light.
Let the dissertations begin!