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.
Please note: I write this website so that I can share my art-related thoughts, experiences, and knowledge with a wider audience. My goal is to connect with other art lovers and to help more people feel comfortable looking at and enjoying art. I don’t make any money from this website in any way. If I recommend a book, website, museum, etc., it’s only because I have enjoyed that product and think others will, too. However, I sometimes post links to articles I have written that were published elsewhere, and I am often paid for these projects. If any of this ever changes, I’ll be sure to let you know.