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  • Flora Forager’s Fresh Flowers: Fantastic and Iconic Images

    Flora Forager’s Fresh Flowers: Fantastic and Iconic Images

    Last week I had the opportunity to interview Bridget Beth Collins, a Seattle-based artist who creates gorgeous collages out of flowers, leaves, and other botanical items like pinecones, mushrooms, fruit and seeds. Collins works under the pseudonym o…
    - 37 days ago, 14 Oct 17, 2:55am -
  • The Dresden Frauenkirche and “New” Baroque Thoughts

    The Dresden Frauenkirche and “New” Baroque Thoughts

    A few weeks ago I had an amazing opportunity to travel to Germany and spend time with two dear friends. My trip began in Munich and eventually ended up in Berlin. I spent an inordinate amount of time at museums, naturally, and I thought a lot about m…
    - 64 days ago, 16 Sep 17, 7:35pm -
  • Two Panathenaic Peploi: A Robe and a Tapestry

    Two Panathenaic Peploi: A Robe and a Tapestry

    A few weeks ago, I was doing some research on the traditional Greek garment, the peplos. Each year a special peplos was woven to decorate a statue of Athena on the acropolis of Athens. This garment was woven in celebration of the Panathenaic festiv…
    - 28 Jun 17, 2:56pm -
  • Fragonard’s “The Swing” and “Portrait of a Lady”

    Fragonard’s “The Swing” and “Portrait of a Lady”

    Tonight I am feeling very sheepish. About three or four months ago, a student mentioned to me that Fragonard’s The Swing served as a point of inspiration for “Portrait of a Lady.” I found a copy of Henry James’ novel The Portrait of a Lady a…
    - 14 Jun 17, 2:46am -
  • The Alexander Mosaic: Originality, Copies, and Displays

    The Alexander Mosaic: Originality, Copies, and Displays

    Yesterday one of my students gave a presentation on the Alexander mosaic from Pompeii. The student mentioned having a chance to visit the House of the Faun when he was younger, and showed the class an image of his younger self at the site. The House…
    - 24 May 17, 5:09pm -
  • Etruscan Terracotta Sculptures and Vent Holes

    Etruscan Terracotta Sculptures and Vent Holes

    I’ve been thinking about the statues from the Temple of Menerva (also spelled Menrva) at the ancient Etruscan city of Veii this week. Tonight I found a cool image that shows the back of the “Apollo” statue. This image shows two intentional hole…
    - 19 May 17, 1:18am -
  • “Harvester Vase” Fragments and Forms

    “Harvester Vase” Fragments and Forms

    Last week I introduced my ancient art students to the Harvester Vase, and some aspects of our discussion have caused me to do some further research on this vessel. This is a Minoan work of art which comes from Hagia Triada; it is thought to perhaps r…
    - 4 May 17, 2:07am -
  • Jackson Pollock’s “Sea Change”

    Jackson Pollock’s “Sea Change”

    Lately I’ve had some opportunities to study and think about Jackson Pollock’s painting Sea Change (1947, above) at the Seattle Art Museum. This painting is fascinating to me for several reasons, including its interesting history regarding how i…
    - 22 Apr 17, 10:44pm -
  • The Mosocophoros, Kriophoros and Early Christian Art

    The Mosocophoros, Kriophoros and Early Christian Art

    When I was an undergraduate, I remember my professor casually mentioned that Early Christian imagery of Christ as the Good Shepherd was adopted syncretically from previous Greco-Roman images of a human figure who carries a sacrificial animal on its…
    - 29 Mar 17, 12:46am -
  • Alberti’s “Istoria” and Modesty

    Alberti’s “Istoria” and Modesty

    Longtime readers of my blog may remember when I wrote a post about istoria painting and the game of hide-and-seek to find the “figure in communication” (who is looking out at or communicating with the viewer of the painting). Lately I’ve been…
    - 22 Mar 17, 6:48pm -

Art History

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  • Portraits of Artists by Other Artists

    Portraits of Artists by Other Artists

    As artists enjoy drawing and painting and often know other artists, there are quite a large number of portraits of artists by other artists throughout art history.  In this blog post several paintings where artists have created portraits of artists…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Nov 17, 1:51am -
  • On this Date in History, September 5: Birth of de la Tour and Friedrich

    On this Date in History, September 5: Birth of de la Tour and Friedrich

    What happened on this date in art history?  September 5 brings us two birthdays of painters born in the 18th century, French Rococo painter Maurice Quentin de la Tour and German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich.Maurice Quentin de la Tour, Sel…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Nov 17, 1:45am -
  • Loving Vincent - A Hand Painted Film

    Loving Vincent - A Hand Painted Film

    I saw a very interesting movie about Vincent Van Gogh that was itself a work of art- Loving Vincent.  Due to the unique nature of this film I know it is in limited release, rent it if it doesn't play near you, but if possible the visual effects will…
    - 16 days ago, 4 Nov 17, 3:01am -
  • Upcoming Art Museum Exhibits: Fall 2017 to 2018

    Upcoming Art Museum Exhibits: Fall 2017 to 2018

    There are several fantastic art museum exhibits starting this fall 2017 and also in 2018.  There are so many to choose from, here are five from across the US and Canada to look at.  From a wide range of British Royal Art traveling to Vancouver, to…
    - 16 days ago, 3 Nov 17, 6:01pm -
  • On this date in history, October 31: Birth of Vermeer, Hobbema and Hokusai, death of Fra Bartolomeo and Schiele

    On this date in history, October 31: Birth of Vermeer, Hobbema and Hokusai, death of Fra Bartolomeo and Schiele

    What happened on this date in history, October 31?  Three artists were born: Johannes Vermeer, Meindert Hobbema and Katsushika Hokusai.  The day also marks the death of two other artists, Fra Bartolomeo and Egon Schiele.Rain Storm Beneath the Summi…
    - 20 days ago, 31 Oct 17, 3:25am -
  • The Self-Portraits of Vincent Van Gogh

    The Self-Portraits of Vincent Van Gogh

    19th Century Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most well known painters who has ever lived, he created hundreds of works of art that continue to impress people over a hundred years after his death.Among his many works Van Gogh was known fo…
    - 23 days ago, 28 Oct 17, 2:25am -
  • On this Date in History, October 4: Birth of Cranach, Piranesi, Millet and Remington

    On this Date in History, October 4: Birth of Cranach, Piranesi, Millet and Remington

    What happened on this date in art history?  Interior of the Pantheon (commonly called the Rotunda) from Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome), Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1768October 4 is the birthday of four different artists from the 16th to the 19th c…
    - 46 days ago, 4 Oct 17, 3:37pm -
  • Giovanna Garzoni

    Giovanna Garzoni

    Giovanna Garzoni, 1600-1670, was a successful and talented Italian Baroque painter who traveled around Europe and worked for the Medici family for a decade.  She was best known for both her miniature portraits and her botanical paintings.Chinese P…
    - 48 days ago, 2 Oct 17, 7:54pm -
  • 2017-18 Art History Lecture Series at Gage

    2017-18 Art History Lecture Series at Gage

    2017-18 Art History Lecture Series at Gage, will start in October and run through May, we are now in our 3rd year of this fantastic lecture series!  Featuring Gage teaching artists as well as art historians from the Seattle art community, these lect…
    - 74 days ago, 6 Sep 17, 12:29pm -
  • Wyeth and more Wyeth this fall in the Pacific Northwest

    Wyeth and more Wyeth this fall in the Pacific Northwest

    Everyone in the Pacific Northwest who is a fan of Andrew Wyeth and the rest of the talented Wyeth family is in for a treat this fall with a big exhibit at both the Portland Art Museum and the Seattle Art Museum which will be running concurrently star…
    - 83 days ago, 28 Aug 17, 12:13pm -

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The Art History Blog

  • Art in Real Life: Pompidou Centre

    Art in Real Life: Pompidou Centre

    The Georges Pompidou Centre is the next art mecca featured in our Parisian series of new “Art in Real Life” posts. After the massive and crowded Louvre (where we saw a huge variety of paintings from 1280-1845), I found it exciting to experience…
    - 9 Sep 13, 8:56am -
  • Art in Real Life: Musée du Louvre

    Art in Real Life: Musée du Louvre

    Like many of you, I’ve seen every masterpiece of Western Art. The Mona Lisa? Yes. Starry Night? Of course. Girl With a Pearl Earring? Many times. But let me clarify: I’ve seen these extraordinary works of art over and over again in classes, on po…
    - 2 Sep 13, 11:10am -
  • How to Get a Museum Internship

    How to Get a Museum Internship

    I have been lucky enough to be a volunteer, unpaid intern, paid intern, and full-fledged hired employee in a lot of different museums–from the very small and specific, to the medium-sized, to the encyclopedic and kinda famous. As I’ve now complet…
    - 13 Mar 12, 7:15pm -
  • Informed Selection or Narrow Vision?

    Informed Selection or Narrow Vision?

    Let’s start with a visualization exercise. Think about this artwork by Willem de Kooning (left). What do you see? My guess is an abstracted woman, painted in quick gestures with vivid colors. Let’s try again. Now, think about Gustav Klimt (an exa…
    - 22 Feb 12, 7:37pm -
  • On Museums and Museum Education
    My goodness gracious, readers. Has it been a while or what? Our last post was nearly a year ago in January 2011. On the eve of January 2012, I thought I would pop in and share some updates and other more recent museum-related musings with you. I’m…
    - 22 Dec 11, 6:45pm -
  • Art Baking: Venus Madeleines

    Art Baking: Venus Madeleines

    Told you we’d pop in once in a while with a post! Just want to point any readers out there to this art-inspired recipe I dreamed up on my baking blog: Botticelli’s Birth of Venus Madeleines. I know all you art historians out there will get the jo…
    - 29 Jan 11, 12:15pm -
  • We’re on hiatus!
    Although it may be obvious at this point, the Art History Blog is on hiatus. My fellow blog writer and I have now graduated from college and are finishing up our first years as full-blown museum professionals — which means that while we still, of c…
    - 19 Aug 10, 3:22pm -
  • Who Shot Andy Warhol? (The Musical)

    Who Shot Andy Warhol? (The Musical)

    BY ALEXANDER J. NOELLE I was thrilled when I saw a poster promoting a new musical based on the life and art of Andy Warhol. The world premiere run of POP!, underway at Yale Repertory Theater in New Haven, CT, through December 19, has been very well r…
    - 7 Dec 09, 8:26pm -
  • Art and Fashion

    Art and Fashion

    It makes sense that the worlds of high fashion and art often collide, and lately I’ve come across quite a few crossovers.  Below, a few of the curious collaborations and inspirations I’ve come across recently. (Left to right) Warhol-inspired per…
    - 22 Nov 09, 6:06pm -
  • Big Questions for the Met’s Thomas Campbell…and you
    Last night the Colbert Report hosted Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas Campbell to ask him some probing questions about the elitist art world that are on every “Blue Collar Joe Six-Pack”‘s mind. Did you catch the segment? If not, click…
    - 10 Nov 09, 8:45pm -

Art History Mom

  • Make Ancient Egyptian Collars with Paper Plates
    This project is ideal for: four to ten year olds Children will learn: the significance of ancient Egyptian collars; about shapes and symmetry Pin it for later here Introduction This simple art project was inspired by last week’s lesson in which w…
    - 23 Jul 15, 9:31pm -
  • Art History for Kids: The Egyptian Family
    This is the second lesson in the Art History Summer Snack series. I hope you and your kids enjoyed the first post on Matisse and his playful cutouts. Today we’re learning a little about ancient Egypt. Note to parents and teachers: the information…
    - 2 Jul 15, 4:56pm -
  • Matisse Art Project: Playdough and Paper Collages
    Earlier in the week I brought you this Matisse art history lesson. Did you share it with your children, and if so, how did they respond? I’ve since been observing more of Matisse’s famous cutouts with our kids and we felt inspired to make our own…
    - 20 Jun 15, 9:53am -
  • Art History Summer Snack for Kids: Henri Matisse
    I wasn’t sure which masterpiece to highlight in my first art history summer snack so I consulted the experts: our children. We flipped through an art history book and I asked them to choose a work of art they would like to discuss. All three were…
    - 16 Jun 15, 12:20pm -
  • Art History Summer Snacks for Kids
    Greetings! I haven’t been blogging much lately and I’ve missed it. Life has been very busy the past few months. In April we sold our house and moved. We plan – and hope – to start building a new house soon. Presently we’re living in an apar…
    - 10 Jun 15, 11:20am -
  • Georgia O’Keeffe Chalk Drawing Project
    “Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe This week I’m teaming up with a hand full of talented art bloggers to br…
    - 3 May 15, 10:28am -
  • Art History for Kids: Teaching Compassion
    The other day I was thumbing through a Vincent van Gogh coffee table book with our 7 year old daughter when we came across his Good Samaritan. The painting immediately caught Kolbe’s eye and she became curious. I saw it as an opportunity to talk ab…
    - 28 Mar 15, 6:26am -
  • Andy Warhol Resist Art Project
    This week I’m joining a few other mom bloggers as we all post resist art projects for children. If you don’t know what resist art is, you’re not alone. I had to do a little research myself. Wikipedia describes it this way: Resist techniques in…
    - 10 Mar 15, 9:33am -
  • Vincent van Gogh Playdough Activity
    Hello everyone! The other day my fellow Rockin’ Art Mom Asia published an amazing glowing playdough recipe and inspiration struck. Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night immediately came to mind and I thought the combination of the two would make a g…
    - 9 May 14, 10:44am -
  • Art History Mom’s Bad Day at the Museum
    First of all, I have quite a few new subscribers and I’d like to give you a warm welcome. Glad you’re here! Please feel free to introduce yourself in the comment section of this site. I’d love to hear about where you live, if you homeschool or…
    - 18 Mar 14, 10:21pm -
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Art History Today

  • The Art of the Portrait 2: 18th & Early 19th Centuries. Slides

    The Art of the Portrait 2: 18th & Early 19th Centuries. Slides

    Slides Thomas Gainsborough, Self-Portrait, 1787, oil on canvas, Royal Academy of Arts, London. Thomas Gainsborough, Mr and Mrs William Hallett ('The Morning Walk'), 1785, oil on canvas, 236×179 cm, National Gallery, London. Sir Peter Lely, Louise de…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Nov 17, 11:41am -
  • The Art of the Portrait 2: 18th & Early 19th Centuries. 8

    The Art of the Portrait 2: 18th & Early 19th Centuries. 8

    Goya & the Portrait In his engaging study of Goya, the late Robert Hughes identifies three key group portraits that are revelatory of the influences on the painter: the family group of Don Luis; the Family of the Duke of Osuna, and the portrait of Ca…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Nov 17, 11:24am -
  • The Art of the Portrait 2: 18th & Early 19th Centuries. 7

    The Art of the Portrait 2: 18th & Early 19th Centuries. 7

    New Science of Physiognomy & the Pathology of the Portrait. The sentiment of love is painted in his look – but the form and bony system of his face characterize in him a taste for terrible scenes, and the energy which they require . Lavater on Henr…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Nov 17, 11:19am -
  • The Art of the Portrait 2: 18th & Early 19th Centuries. 6

    The Art of the Portrait 2: 18th & Early 19th Centuries. 6

    The Other Reynolds: Frances, the Artist’s Sister. We also get information about Reynold’s studio from his younger sister Frances (above in a portrait by Reynolds) who was herself a painter.1 From the first Frances showed talent in drawing which s…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Nov 17, 11:15am -
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