Are your feet feeling chilly during these winter months? I know mine are. That is why I went shopping for some calf-length socks. And what did I find? Art history socks! HOTSOX has created a set of socks known as The Museum Collection which illustrates Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss,” Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers,” Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring (which has a white bead to represent the pearl) and Nefertiti. Not seeing your favorite work of art? Have no fear, HOTSOX has other art prints and Museum Collection Sets which include Michelangelo’s “David,” Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” and Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” to name a few.
The Virgin & Child with the Infant St. John (Taddei Tondo) // Michelangelo Buonarroti // c. 1504-1505 // marble
On view at the Royal Academy is the only marble sculpture in the UK by Michelangelo. “The Virgin & Child with the Infant St. John” also known as the Taddei Tondo, is an unfinished work. St. John the Baptist is shown on the left holding out a baptismal bowl towards Christ, who sits on the Virgin’s lap. The soft curves of the figures mimic the arc of the circle and provide for a intimate viewing experience.
“Here’s to having your cake and eating it to!”
What better way to wish someone a Happy Birthday than with a famous masterpiece? The greeting card company, Papyrus, created a series of art history themed birthday cards by placing a birthday cake in a famous work of art. Works such as Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus and the leaning tower of Pisa all incorporate a birthday cake with blazing candles. Which one is your favorite?
“Happy Birthday you Glorious Goddess”
“You know you’re in trouble when your candles weigh more than your cake”