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  • 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…
    - 49 days ago, 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…
    - 63 days ago, 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…
    - 84 days ago, 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…
    - 90 days ago, 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 -
  • “Oath of the Horatii” and the Nazi Salute

    “Oath of the Horatii” and the Nazi Salute

    Today was one of those days in which a student points out something so obvious, that I’m shocked that I’ve never considered it before. I think sometimes my eye is so trained to look for certain visual details, that I need a new pair of eyes to he…
    - 13 Feb 17, 6:11pm -
  • Bing Crosby’s “Old West” and Countryside Art

    Bing Crosby’s “Old West” and Countryside Art

    I wrote in my previous post about how I was trying to learn more about Bing Crosby’s taste in art. I finally have figured out a few things about Bing and his personal art collection, namely that he liked works of art with Old West scenes and also…
    - 5 Jan 17, 1:46am -

Art History

  • Baron Munchausen
    Interesting story about German nobleman from the 18th century who joined the Russian military and participated in campaigns against the Ottoman Turks. After coming home, Münchhausen allegedly was told a number of  farfetched stories about his adve…
    - 2 May 14, 8:48am -
  • Representing The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography and Film
    Blog post for today is about Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography and Film which is currently accepting entries for outstanding work in documentary photography and documentary short-short film. They will be awarding two prizes o…
    - 13 Mar 14, 8:23am -
  • Online Museum Training: Organising Your Collection Store
    Museum Australia (Victoria) made interesting tutorial for Museum training in which show you how you can organise your collection store. Take a look…
    - 11 Mar 14, 11:36am -
  • Effects of Light on Materials in Collections
    Have you ever been wondering how light is damaging for museum artifacts and collection objects? Now I’m bringing you one more free e-book from Getty Publication from 2001. In that book you’ll find very useful information about light and object ex…
    - 7 Mar 14, 10:14am -
  • The Care and Handling of Art Objects: Practices in The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    So, I’m continuing with useful information about handling art object… My new blog post for today is about one useful guide that Metropolitan museum made in the 80s. Also, it’s a little bit outdated but the good part is that you can download fre…
    - 3 Mar 14, 9:38am -
  • How to handle Art
    Recently I’ve been thinking to blog post about ways to keep object in the museums safe, how to handle them, mount them, house them, move them etc. In this post category you’ll be informed how it was done in some of the most respectable museums in…
    - 1 Mar 14, 3:52am -
  • Rene Gruau – just a thought about fashion
    Lately I was thinking about fashion… and I realized that I haven’t write any blog post about this subject… One person with who I’m amazed is Rene Gruau, fashion illustrator, born in 1909 in Italy. Needless to say that his illustration, drawin…
    - 14 Jan 14, 7:09am -
  • Exposition Universelle 1889
    Have you ever seen some photos and postcards from Exposition Universelle? The first Exposition Universelle was held in 1889 and represented World’s Fair. It was held in Paris and lasted from 6 May to 31 October 1889. The year of 1889 was important…
    - 15 Dec 13, 4:29am -
  • Tulip mania
    During the Dutch Golden Age tulips were  important flower. Prices for bulbs of the  tulip reached extraordinarily high levels. Rich patrons would acquire some of the world’s most expensive flowers – such as the Semper Augustus tulip, now extinc…
    - 24 Nov 13, 8:04am -
  • 360 XOCHI QUETZAL: Spring Artist Residency in Central Mexico
    The 360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist and Writers Residency Program is located in Chapala, Mexico on the shores of the largest lake in Mexico where the perfect year-round climate and stunning lake and mountain views have long established the region as an inte…
    - 23 Nov 13, 8:11am -

Art History Blogger

  • September 2017 Art Talks Lecture Series

    September 2017 Art Talks Lecture Series

    The Gates of Paradise, Lorenzo Ghiberti, 1425-52, Baptistery Doors, Florence, ItalyI will be lecturing at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art on one of my very favorite works of art this September, The Gates of Paradise.  After our workshop in Flore…
    - 9 days ago, 7 Aug 17, 3:07pm -
  • Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

    Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

    Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is currently having an exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, runs through September 10, 2017.  This exhibit is hugely popular, online tickets sold out quickly and hours were extended.  While…
    - 13 days ago, 3 Aug 17, 9:29pm -
  • 2016-17 Art History Lecture Series at Gage

    2016-17 Art History Lecture Series at Gage

    Based on our lecture popularity this past year, Gage Academy of Art will again be offering series of 12 lectures on art history from the 15th through 20th Century on a wide variety of subjects.Degas, The Rehearsal Onstage, c-1874, Metropolitan Mu…
    - 20 Oct 16, 4:30pm -
  • On this date in history: September 1, death of Jan Brueghel the Younger and King Louis XIV, birth of Zuccari

    On this date in history: September 1, death of Jan Brueghel the Younger and King Louis XIV, birth of Zuccari

    The French King Louis XIV died on September 1, 1715.  This marked the end of the longest reign of any European monarch.  Under his reign (May 14, 1643 – September 1, 1715) there were many advances in French art: 1648, the French Royal Academy op…
    - 1 Sep 16, 7:36pm -
  • On this date in history, August 25: Birth of George Stubbs and death of Henri Fantin-Latour

    On this date in history, August 25: Birth of George Stubbs and death of Henri Fantin-Latour

    What happened on August 25 in art history?English painter George Stubbs (August 25, 1724- July 10, 1806) was born in Liverpool in 1724.  Stubbs is best known for all his drawings, prints and paintings of horses and his research on horse anatomy.Whis…
    - 25 Aug 16, 4:45pm -
  • Vilhelm Hammershøi

    Vilhelm Hammershøi

    An upcoming exhibit has recently led me to a renewed interested in a painter whose work I admire, Vilhelm Hammershøi.  He was a turn of the century Danish painter (May 15, 1864 - February 13, 1916) who trained at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in…
    - 3 Aug 16, 11:02am -
  • Hammershøi lectures at the Frye Art Museum- August 2016

    Hammershøi lectures at the Frye Art Museum- August 2016

    I am very excited to announce I will be teaching a lecture series at the Frye Art Museum this summer on Vilhelm Hammershøi!The Frye Art Museum is located in Seattle, they show a wide range of art exhibits ranging from the collection of the founders…
    - 15 Jun 16, 6:20pm -
  • Art & Architecture in Florence 2017: Summer Drawing Workshop & Art History Tour

    Art & Architecture in Florence 2017: Summer Drawing Workshop & Art History Tour

    I am excited to announce that in the summer of 2017 my colleague, artist Geoff Flack, and I are co-teaching a two week art workshop in Florence, Italy!  Geoff and I work together at Gage Academy of Art where we have both worked since 2005.  He teac…
    - 1 Jun 16, 12:17am -
  • On this date in history, May 26: Birth of Aaron Douglas, Gwendolyn Knight and Philippe de Champaigne

    On this date in history, May 26: Birth of Aaron Douglas, Gwendolyn Knight and Philippe de Champaigne

    On this date in history: May 26 What happened in the world of Art History on May 26?  It was the birthday of three artists.Aaron Douglas was born on this day in Topeka, Kansas in 1899 (May 26, 1899 – February 3, 1979).   Douglas was an African-A…
    - 26 May 16, 4:00am -
  • On this Date in History, May 15: Salon des Refusés, Hammershøi and Edward Hopper

    On this Date in History, May 15: Salon des Refusés, Hammershøi and Edward Hopper

    May 15th is a notable date in art history- On May 15, 1863 an exhibit was created in Paris from the paintings that were rejected by the jurors of the Salon of the French Academy. In that year of the Annual Salon more than half of the works of art, o…
    - 15 May 16, 1:52pm -

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  • 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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