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  • Book Review: “The Museum of Lost Art”

    Book Review: “The Museum of Lost Art”

    I recently finished reading Noah Charney’s new book The Museum of Lost Art. I have an academic crush on Charney’s work – he always manages to write about fascinating topics that I wish I had thought to write about myself. I’m glad that he i…
    - 11 Jul 18, 2:11am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -

Art History

    Art History Blogger

    • Upcoming Art Museum Exhibits 2019

      Upcoming Art Museum Exhibits 2019

      All across the United States there are some really interesting museum exhibits coming up in 2019.  There are dozens to choose from, let's look at several of them - Monet: The Late YearsDe Young Museum - Feb 16 – May 27, 2019Kimbell Art Museum - J…
      - 14 days ago, 1 Nov 18, 12:28pm -
    • 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…
      - 15 days ago, 31 Oct 18, 12:38pm -
    • Rosa Bonheur

      Rosa Bonheur

      French painter Rosa Bonheur (1822-99) was "the most internationally renowned woman painter of the mid-nineteenth century."1Bonheur was one of the most talented and successful painters in the 19th century, she began showing her work in the Paris Salon…
      - 30 days ago, 16 Oct 18, 2:43pm -
    • 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…
      - 43 days ago, 3 Oct 18, 4:18pm -
    • On this Date in History, September 29: Birth of Tintoretto, Caravaggio and Boucher

      On this Date in History, September 29: Birth of Tintoretto, Caravaggio and Boucher

      What happened on this date in history, September 29? It is the birthday of three well-known painters: Venetian Renaissance painter Tintoretto in 1518, the Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio in 1571 and French Rococo artist François Boucher in 170…
      - 47 days ago, 29 Sep 18, 5:59pm -
    • On this Date in History, August 21: Mona Lisa stolen, birth of Greuze and Beardsley

      On this Date in History, August 21: Mona Lisa stolen, birth of Greuze and Beardsley

      On August 21, 2017 most of North America will be watching the skies for the total solar eclipse.  What events in art history happened on August 21?  In 1911 the Mona Lisa was famously stolen from the Louvre, in 1725 the French painter Jean-Baptiste…
      - 49 days ago, 27 Sep 18, 2:43pm -
    • 2018-19 Art History Lecture Series at Gage

      2018-19 Art History Lecture Series at Gage

      The 2018-19 Art History Lecture Series at Gage, will start in October and run through May, we are now in our 4th year of this fantastic lecture series! Featuring Gage teaching artists as well as art historians from the Seattle art community, these le…
      - 62 days ago, 14 Sep 18, 4:35pm -
    • Gage Georgetown Calling: Art Lecture Series with Emily Pothast 2017-2018

      Gage Georgetown Calling: Art Lecture Series with Emily Pothast 2017-2018

      Gage Academy of Art has a new location in Georgetown that opened last fall and starting in 2017 there is a new art history lecture series taught by visual artist, musician, arts writer and curator, Emily Pothast.  Emily will lecture on a wide variet…
      - 80 days ago, 27 Aug 18, 3:33pm -
    • On this Date in History, August 24: Birth of Lavinia Fontana, death of Parmigianino

      On this Date in History, August 24: Birth of Lavinia Fontana, death of Parmigianino

      What happened in the arts on this date in history, August 24? Italian Renaissance Painter Lavinia Fontana was born in Bologna in 1552, this date also marks the death of the Mannerist painter Parmigianino in 1540.The Holy Family with Saint Catherine…
      - 83 days ago, 24 Aug 18, 1:26pm -
    • Towards Impressionism: Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet

      Towards Impressionism: Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet

      The Frye Art Museum in Seattle has a wonderful new exhibit that just opened, Towards Impressionism: Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet.  This features late 19th century French plein-air painting and chronicles the emergence of Impressionism.  T…
      - 16 May 18, 4:48pm -

    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

    • Glasgow Art School on Fire…again
      Just several years after Mackintosh’s School of Art caught fire, and was repaired, it catches fire again. As this photo from the Guardian shows, the damage is even worse than the first blaze!
      - 16 Jun 18, 4:48am -
    • Cracking the Van Eyck code
      From the Guardian. Very Dan Brownish!
      - 15 Jun 18, 12:32pm -
    • Guercino at Sotheby’s Drawing Sale
      Coming up at Sotheby's, a nice drawing by the baroque master Guercino. Amazing that such a name has a low price (£15,000) compared to, for example, Parmigianino starting at £60, 000. But forget about the money- and just enjoy this lovely allegory w…
      - 14 Jun 18, 6:54pm -
    • The View Painter & the Eighteenth Century. Slides
      Slides. Luca Carlevaris, Piazza San Marco, Venice, c. 1709, oil on canvas, 50.5×120 cm, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Modern photograph of tourists in San Marco. Vanvitelli, View of Naples, 1700-10, oil on panel, 45×98 cm, Private collectio…
      - 10 Jun 18, 5:30pm -
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