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  • Etruscan Forgeries: Inscriptions and the Penelli Sarcophagus

    Etruscan Forgeries: Inscriptions and the Penelli Sarcophagus

    A few weeks ago I attended the Ridgway Lecture in archaeology at the University of Puget Sound. Dr. Richard Daniel De Puma spoke on Etruscan forgeries, which included a discussion of two authentic Etruscan sarcophagi and one fake sarcophagus.1 I real…
    - 5 days ago, 10 Oct 19, 2:10am -
  • Sutton Hoo Burial Ship Anniversary

    Sutton Hoo Burial Ship Anniversary

    One of the best blog posts that I read this past summer was on the British Museum blog site. It was written by curator Sue Brunning on the Sutton Hoo ship burial. The post was not only informative, but it was also engaging and written in a way that c…
    - 11 days ago, 4 Oct 19, 1:49am -
  • A Recent Addition to “The World Stage: Brazil”

    A Recent Addition to “The World Stage: Brazil”

    Last month I visited the Portland Art Museum and saw a painting by Kehinde Wiley that I hadn’t seen before. This painting is currently on display as a loan from the collection of Arlene and Harold Schnitzer, major philanthropists in the area (Harol…
    - 36 days ago, 9 Sep 19, 1:52am -
  • Queen Victoria’s Taste in Art

    Queen Victoria’s Taste in Art

    These past few months I have been delving into the art of the Pre-Raphaelites and William Morris, largely due to the Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement  traveling exhibition that is in Seattle. I recently was…
    - 77 days ago, 30 Jul 19, 1:46am -
  • Vermeer’s Cupid Revealed!

    Vermeer’s Cupid Revealed!

    Like many other art historians, I have been fascinated by the recent article in The Art Newspaper which announced that a hidden figure of Cupid has, though restoration work, become visible in Vermeer’s painting Girl Reading a Letter at an OpenWin…
    - 13 May 19, 7:56pm -
  • Fragonard and Morisot?

    Fragonard and Morisot?

    The post that you are reading is a very different one than the first one that I originally wrote this evening. I recently read in The Art of Reading: An Illustrated History of Books in Paint that Berthe Morisot was the descendant of the painter Je…
    - 16 Apr 19, 12:49am -
  • Crevelli’s Cucumbers, Christ, and Cotán

    Crevelli’s Cucumbers, Christ, and Cotán

    I am reading the most wonderful book right now, The Art of Reading: An Illustrated History of Books in Paint, which was just published last year. Thus far it has helped the post-holiday “January blues” to feel more manageable. This is a book that…
    - 9 Jan 19, 2:03am -
  • Wiley and Morris at the St Louis Art Museum

    Wiley and Morris at the St Louis Art Museum

    The radio silence on my blog has been deafening for me, but luckily I’ve been able to do some writing over the past few months. The William Morris Society in the United States contacted me a few months ago, after reading my 2016 post on Kehinde Wil…
    - 19 Dec 18, 2:29pm -
  • 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 -

Art History

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    • 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…
      - 10 days ago, 4 Oct 19, 2:51pm -
    • 2019-20 Art History Lecture Series at Gage

      2019-20 Art History Lecture Series at Gage

      The Art History Lecture Seriesfeatures Gage teaching artists, with each speaker exploring a different topic. These lectures present art history from a unique viewpoint and will provide students with a look inside the artists and movements that helped…
      - 14 days ago, 30 Sep 19, 3:21pm -
    • Interesting Anachronisms in Art History Painting

      Interesting Anachronisms in Art History Painting

      An anachronism is something that is out of place in a certain time.  An example would be King Louis XIV of  France with a cell phone or Julius Caesar watching a movie, those things didn't exist in their lifetimes and so would be anachronistic. Less…
      - 20 days ago, 24 Sep 19, 4:49pm -
    • Art Museum exhibits in the Pacific Northwest- Spring, Summer & Fall 2019

      Art Museum exhibits in the Pacific Northwest- Spring, Summer & Fall 2019

      There are several exciting art museum exhibits in the Pacific Northwest this Spring, Summer & Fall 2019.  Museums in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. all have some must see shows.  Let's look at these starting with the Vancouver Art Galler…
      - 39 days ago, 5 Sep 19, 2:09pm -
    • Celebrating 500 years of Leonardo da Vinci

      Celebrating 500 years of Leonardo da Vinci

      May 2, 2019 marks the 500 year anniversary of the death of Renaissance artist and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 452 – May 2,1519).  Several museums will be marking the occasion with a variety of exhibits highlighting his drawings, painti…
      - 39 days ago, 5 Sep 19, 2:08pm -
    • 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…
      - 39 days ago, 5 Sep 19, 2:07pm -
    • On this Date in History, April 15: Rosalba Carriera, Leonardo and Impressionism

      On this Date in History, April 15: Rosalba Carriera, Leonardo and Impressionism

      On this date in History: April 15In the United States April 15th is synonymous with tax day, but in art history there were several other important occurrences on this day.Rosalba Carriera (Jan 12 ,1673– April 15, 1757) was a Venetian Rococo portrai…
      - 15 Apr 19, 3:22am -
    • 2019 Summer Florence Workshop with Dominique Medici and Carol Hendricks

      2019 Summer Florence Workshop with Dominique Medici and Carol Hendricks

      I am excited to announce that in the summer of 2019 my colleague, artist Dominique Medici, and I are co-teaching a two week art workshop in Florence, Italy with Gage Academy of Art!   Dominique Medici is a figurative painter specializing in both Eg…
      - 11 Apr 19, 5:38pm -
    • The 30 year anniversary of I.M. Pei's Louvre Pyramid

      The 30 year anniversary of I.M. Pei's Louvre Pyramid

      On March 29, 1989 I.M. Pei's Pyramid at the Louvre was publically inaugurated by then President François Mitterrand and today the Louvre Pyramid turns 30.  For centuries the Louvre was a palace, which was only one of King Louis XVI's palaces, an…
      - 29 Mar 19, 12:43pm -
    • Upcoming Art Museum Exhibits Winter and Spring 2019

      Upcoming Art Museum Exhibits Winter and Spring 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…
      - 8 Mar 19, 5:17pm -

    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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    • Glasgow Art School on Fire…again

      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

      Cracking the Van Eyck code

      From the Guardian. Very Dan Brownish!
      - 15 Jun 18, 12:32pm -
    • Guercino at Sotheby’s Drawing Sale

      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

      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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