Spiritual awakening in Michelangelo’s ‘The Dream’

Art 07/28/19, 09:41

Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” Michelangelo's ‘Il Sogno’ (The Dream) is the perfect example of this symbiosis; a perfect combination of painting and poetry.

Breathing new life into old tea bags

Art 07/25/19, 07:01

What use could anyone have for discarded tea bags? Most of us wouldn’t know what to do with them, except maybe throw them in a compost pile.  But Filipino-American artist Ruby Silvious has discovered a unique way of giving tea bags new life, by turning them into exquisite pieces of art. Her ...

Val de Grâce Church, a tribute to God from the devout queen

Art 07/19/19, 22:26

In the early years of the 16 century, the emergence of Protestantism followed by the Thirty Years’ War, 1618-1648, of the Catholic monarchy against the Protestant Reformation, put most of the countries involved in devastation. However, that critical time also marked the birth of a Baroque-style church with its special ...

The Beauty of Divine Beings Dancing

Art 07/10/19, 05:18

Classical Chinese dancer Miranda Zhou-Galati says one of the most interesting roles she has played over the course of her 13 years with Shen Yun Performing Arts is that of a bodhisattva statue.

Four ways in which Leonardo da Vinci was ahead of his time

Art 06/21/19, 06:02

Leonardo da Vinci is generally recognised as one of the great figures of the Renaissance and one of the greatest ever polymaths. As the world marks the 500th anniversary of his death, it’s important to look at some of the ways in which he showed that – as well as ...

Introducing the Drum, a Divine Instrument

Art 06/18/19, 10:08

Drums are traditional musical instruments in China, which play many roles in various rituals such as sacrificial offerings, exorcising evil spirits, and dance ceremonies. In addition, they have always been vital instruments during wartime. Drums penetrated into all aspects of ancient Chinese social life, with a far-reaching influence that continues ...

‘The Haywain Triptych’, or the Consequences of Greed

Art 06/04/19, 09:31

There is a well-known Dutch saying: “This world is like a haystack, and people try to grab from it as much as possible.” That proverb has become a theme in music and painting, especially in the case of a haunting story associated with one of the most famous works of ...

Erhu: Celestial music with two strings

Art 05/22/19, 16:36

Close your eyes and make yourself comfortable. If you want, make a cup of tea. Get ready to listen. Press “play.” If you have chosen a good melody, you will feel the notes of the erhu begin to envelop you in a rapturous way.

Why Shen Yun isn’t just a great performance: The moral mission on stage

Art 05/16/19, 06:25

Shen Yun Performing Arts has become a sensation in the arts world and continues to amaze spectators from around the globe. Headquartered in New York, Shen Yun has shared its special magic with spectators across four continents. With the continued mission of revitalizing 5,000 years of Chinese culture that is ...

8 things you may not know about Leonardo da Vinci

Art 05/11/19, 12:22

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. Widely considered one of the greatest polymaths in human history, Leonardo was an inventor, artist, musician, architect, engineer, anatomist, botanist, geologist, historian, and cartographer. Did you know that da Vinci never went through formal schooling? Though his artistic output was small, ...

Growing with Grace

Art 05/07/19, 03:36

In 2015, the dancer Melody Qin appeared on the poster for Shen Yun Performing Arts, a globally touring traditional Chinese dance company based in New York. Her image shows the elegant aura and graceful charm of classical Chinese dance, which she’s been practicing since moving to the U.S. from China ...