Art & Sleep

Amedeo Modigliani

Modigliani was born in 1884 in Livorno in northwest Italy. His family were Sephardic Jews who had lived in Italy for many generations. The family had once been wealthy but […]

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Permit me to begin this month’s column with a question: what does the title of my piece mean to you? Does it conjure something or nothing at all? If something, […]

Andy Warhol

Nevertheless, the nude sleeper – probably shot over several days, entertained more people than just Warhol. Wrote one appreciative reviewer who sat through the entire performance: “Sleep’s secret is that […]


Velazquez Venus: The Toilet of Venus The Toilet of Venus is also known by the title Venus at her Mirror, as well as The Rokeby Venus, since it was held […]

Turner (1775-1851)

Born Joseph Mallord William Turner in Covent Gardens, London, the man who would become Britain’s foremost landscape artist, is known just as “Turner.” A Romantic artist (one who emphasized emotion […]

Edward Hopper

Hopper’s story is a simple one. He was born in Nyack, N.Y., attending a local private school followed by the Nyack High School. He was a shy child, nicknamed “Grasshopper,” […]

“It’s difficult to say why I decided I wanted to be an artist. Obviously I had some facility, more than other people, but sometimes facility comes because one is more […]

According to historical record, Bhishma’s bed of arrows was also his deathbed in a war that is said to have occurred around 6000 BC. The war was so devastating to […]

Creativity linked to sexual success

By Patricia Reaney Pablo Picasso, Lord Byron and Dylan Thomas had more in common than simple creativity. They also had active sex lives, which researchers say was no coincidence. Psychologists […]