Meet the Scholarly Skater

About Me

I’m Alexandra, aka the Scholarly Skater, an art historian and ice skater from the USA. Welcome to my world of art!

Looking at the art of the past is the closest to time travel I’m likely to get. (And it’s much safer.) I think it helps me better understand the world I live in today. I aim to share my love of art with everybody by sharing with lots of art and the great stories behind it.

I’ve been figure skating practically since I learned to walk, and I also dance ballroom (very proudly a smoothie, for those of you who know what that means). I also enjoy reading, photography, and learning about all sorts of things. I believe that having many interests gives me a unique perspective and makes me better at everything I do. I always love to find connections between all the cool things in my life.

About This Blog

If you’re new to the world of art and want to boost your art appreciation skills, head over to Art Appreciation 101. There, you will learn the basics, find guides to major styles, and get advice on great museum visits. There are also museum reviews and other goodies.

One of my favorite subjects to write about is gargoyles – the strange little creatures often found on medieval churches and other buildings. To learn about gargoyles, head over to my Field Guide to Gargoyles. You might also enjoy my Gargoyle of the Day series, which isn’t updated regularly despite its name.

I also enjoy historic places, like mansions and old libraries. I visit a lot of them, and I usually document my experiences. Click here for my historic places posts, and visit my Instagram (@ascholarlyskaterart) for additional photos.

If you have questions about art history or want advice about art appreciation, ask the Scholarly Skater.

24 thoughts on “Meet the Scholarly Skater

  1. Hi Alexandra, thanks for following my art blog! It looks like we have similar interests (but not skating – the one time I was on skates I was terrified!), so I’m looking forward to delving into your blog, too.

  2. Alexandra, thanks for the follow. I took a look at your Celtic Art articles. Very nice. I was unfamiliar with the Book of Resurrection, and now I need to learn more. Thank you.

  3. Hi Alex this is artist Michael Budden writing to thank you for including my art in your post about Guy C Wiggins and paintings of NYC. I enjoy painting NY the most, especially winter scenes and thank you for shedding so light on my work.

  4. Hi there, found you from the reblog on Italian in Italy. I am a former competitive ice skater too! As someone who loves Italy, I’m looking to learn more about art history. Looking forward to more of your posts!

  5. Dear Scholarly Skater:

    Thank you so very much for the “like” of my recent piece, Patron Saint of Ireland, which was posted at First Night History. I enjoyed reading your own site.

    If you found Patron Saint interesting, please feel free to read my blog, bio or a sample chapter at theoryofirony.com. The blog is a teaser for my book, Theory of Irony: How Jesus Led to Moon Golf, now available in print and Kindle formats at Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=theory+of+irony.

    Sincerely,

    Erik Von Norden

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