This week on Google Arts & Culture
The new Latino Cultures in the US project by Google Arts & Culture takes a look at the contributions and experiences of Latinos in the US, from influential figures and Latinas who have made history, to the rich traditions of latinidad. You can discover US Latino art, drool over traditional food, explore the experience of LGBTQ Latinx, take a virtual tour through vibrant Latino neighborhoods, and much, much more.
What to Read
Find out about George Ohr, a man with facial hair almost as impressive as his pottery skills. An American ceramic artist born in 1857, Ohr was known as the ‘Mad Potter of Biloxi’ and was widely considered to be a precursor to the American Abstract-Expressionism movement for his innovative experimentation with modern clay forms.
The fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli was known for challenging the traditional notions of how we should dress, and for taking clothing into the realm of the surreal. She added playful and unusual twists to everyday tailoring that resulted in unique and bizarre fashion statements, such as her famous shoe hat and lobster dress.
The evenings may be shortening, but you can still enjoy the feel of the summer twilights with these beautiful artworks by the Skagen painters. In the mid 1870s, a group of artists settled in Skagen, a fishing village located at the northernmost tip of Denmark, where the atmosphere and quality of light inspired them to create romantic paintings of the fisherman, the nature and life in the area.
Artist of the Week
Osamu Tezuka was a Japanese manga artist, cartoonist, animator and film producer best known for his comic series Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Black Jack, and Phoenix. Known as 'the Father of Manga', he is often considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney.
Street View Pick
The Taj Mahal, the famed mausoleum in the Indian city of Agra, is not only an iconic feat of architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site, but is also the symbol of a tragic love story. It was commissioned by the Mugal emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, a Persian princess who died giving birth to their 14th child.
Artwork of the Week
Can you spot 'Tim' relaxing with his family in the kitchen of his rural second home, his business partner, his wife tweeting, and various other rich details in this tapestry inspired by William Hogarth's A Rake’s Progress?