A Review of Michael Baxandall’s Painting and Experience in 15th Century Italy

Baxandall’s Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy: A Primer in the Social History of Pictorial Style was first published in 1972. Although relatively short it has subsequently been published in numerous languages, most recently Chinese, with a second edition published in 1988. Since publication it has been described in such favourable terms as being ‘intelligent, persuasive, interesting, and lucidly argued’ to ‘concise and tightly written, and being found to ‘present new and important material’. It may have been published as a book with three chapters. In reality it is three books in one. Baxandall brings together many strands of previous art historical methodology and moves them forward in Painting and Experience. As the history of art was emerging discipline Art …

Review of "Education and Significance of Life" – J. Krishnamoorthi

“Education and the Significance of Life” by J. Krishnamoorthi is a book for those who are engrossed in understanding the profound meaning of life and importance of education. In this book, J.K. advocates for a life oriented education, more liberal and practical, resulting in effective living. Krishnamoorthi acknowledges the importance of knowledge and efficiency, but does not make any secret of his concern that overemphasis on them may result only in conflict and confusion. Jiddu Krishnamoorthi questions the link between comfort and security with education as any common man would perceive and also opines that bringing about independent thinking with such a conventional education is next to impossible. Emphasizing the importance of learning to be compassionate, to be content with …

US Education Sector: A Detailed Review

The USA prides itself as having one of the top nations with the most effective and functional educational systems. The US has been consistently working towards the improvement of the country’s education-related initiatives. The government has consolidated programs that not only offer federal loans, but it also includes academic grants to eligible scholars who attempt to continue their schooling and acquire a degree in a certain field of expertise. In order to constantly ensure the correct consolidation of these initiatives, the U. S. government has established several agencies which are intended solely for the administration of education-related initiatives. First up is the U. S. Department of Education, most commonly referred to as the ED or USED. The agency, established in …

Title – The Reason We’re Waiting – Author – Pat Clor – Book Review

Did I read this book or maybe I only dreamed I did? How do I know I’m not still dreaming I’m writing this review? Perhaps the coffee I’m sipping is my reality check that I’m awake and writing this review, because everyone knows how difficult it is to sleep when your drinking coffee. These are the tools Pat Clor uses for his juxtaposition of dimensional thought, his dancing through ontological realities, the twisting and spinning of cyclical logic. Pat Clor masterfully uses a character, Cindy Stark, a 12 year old girl from an imaginary world to personify his reality check in his extraordinary work of literary genius, “The Reason We’re Waiting.” Cindy is Clor’s “Alice” and Pangaea is where she …

Othello – Shakespeare – Play Essay – Review

Although it was produced in 1604, William Shakespeare’s play Othello still relates to the everyday situations of certain people. In the play, Shakespeare gives the reader situations of misguided trust, wrongful mistrust, and overpowering love. All of which are still around in modern lives, especially that of my own. Today it often occurs that people tend to keep their enemies closer than their friends. This is done in hopes that the person can undermine his enemy with friendly persuasion to participate in a wrong doing rather than using brute force. In the story, Iago befriends Othello in hopes of one day gaining Cassio’s position of Lieutenant. Because he feels overlooked for the position, Iago convinces Othello that his wife Desdemona …