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  • The Trophy on “Augustus of Prima Porta”

    The Trophy on “Augustus of Prima Porta”

    Yesterday I was looking for a detail image of “Augustus of Prima Porta” to show to a student, and I came across an image that showed the back of the cuirass (breastplate). “Hold on! What is that?” I thought. I never knew that the back of the…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Apr 18, 12:34am -
  • Making Damage an Advantage

    Making Damage an Advantage

    Last week, some of my students and I were discussing Duchamp’s readymades. One student mentioned something to the effect of, “Well, I wouldn’t be able to just march up to a museum and hand them a broken window and expect them to accept it as a…
    - 51 days ago, 5 Mar 18, 3:59pm -
  • Observing Flowers: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

    Observing Flowers: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

    I am really sad that I am unable to see the exhibition Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites that is going on at the National Gallery in London right now (until April 2, 2018). This show has some of my favorite artists and works of art, incl…
    - 56 days ago, 28 Feb 18, 3:45pm -
  • Stags and Elk in “Adam and Eve” scenes

    Stags and Elk in “Adam and Eve” scenes

    I have been combing through dozens of paintings of Adam and Eve this morning by Lucas Cranach the Elder. I knew he painted several versions, but I had no idea that he painted so many! I’ve been struck at seeing the different animals that Cranach c…
    - 93 days ago, 22 Jan 18, 3:05pm -
  • Frank Sinatra’s Paintings

    Frank Sinatra’s Paintings

    I read recently that the Renaissance sculptor Benvenuto Cellini reminded Tony Bennett so much of Frank Sinatra that Tony once gave Frank a copy of The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini as a birthday gift. I scoffed and chuckled a little bit when …
    - 19 Dec 17, 7:52pm -
  • Plaster Cover-Up and the “Last Judgment” at Autun Cathedral

    Plaster Cover-Up and the “Last Judgment” at Autun Cathedral

    Earlier this week, I was discussing the “Last Judgment” tympanum at the Cathedral of Autun with my students. I pointed out some details of the bottom-most register (such as this one), and explained that the dead are rising out of their sarcopha…
    - 2 Dec 17, 8:47pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -

Art History

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    • 25 Women Artists to Know

      25 Women Artists to Know

      March is Women’s History month and I have seen several museums via social media ask people to name five women artists.  Unfortunately most people cannot name five women artists, so I have compiled a list of 25 women artists for you to become fam…
      - 28 days ago, 28 Mar 18, 6:03pm -
    • Elizabeth Siddal: Pre-Raphaelite Painter and Model

      Elizabeth Siddal: Pre-Raphaelite Painter and Model

      Elizabeth "Lizzie" Siddal was born in London on July 25, 1829.  She was born into a family with modest means but was educated, could read and write and like poetry.  She was also drawn to art and when she chose a job she worked for a milliner so th…
      - 49 days ago, 7 Mar 18, 4:21pm -
    • Horses throughout Art History

      Horses throughout Art History

      From prehistoric cave painting to 20th century art there has been quite a lot of horse imagery throughout art history.  Horses are beautiful animals, strong, powerful, fast and have been domesticated for thousands of years.Lets compare several horse…
      - 83 days ago, 1 Feb 18, 7:39pm -
    • 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…
      - 91 days ago, 24 Jan 18, 4:43pm -
    • Upcoming Museum Exhibits Spring 2018

      Upcoming Museum Exhibits Spring 2018

      All across the country and also in London and Paris there are some really interesting museum exhibits this spring.  There are dozens to choose from, let's look at six of them. David Hockney (British, born 1937) | Garden | 2015 | © David Hockn…
      - 92 days ago, 23 Jan 18, 2:53pm -
    • On this day in history, November 30: Birth of Palladio, Pozzo, Bouguereau and Clyfford Still

      On this day in history, November 30: Birth of Palladio, Pozzo, Bouguereau and Clyfford Still

      What happened on this day in art history, November 30? It was the birthday of four artists.Rest, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1879, Cleveland Museum of ArtBorn on this day were Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, Baroque painter Andrea Po…
      - 30 Nov 17, 12:19pm -
    • 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…
      - 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…
      - 13 Nov 17, 1:45am -
    • 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…
      - 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…
      - 31 Oct 17, 3:25am -

    I AM A CHILD

    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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