Meet the Scholarly Skater

Welcome to A Scholarly Skater! I’m Alexandra, an art historian and ice skater from the United States.

Enjoying the art of the past is the closest to time travel I’m likely to get, only much safer. And I think it helps me better understand the world I live in today. I believe that looking at artwork enriches everyone, even if some people don’t realize it yet.

Art history and art appreciation for everyone. I help people enjoy art without years of study.

I love historical art and architecture, particularly that of the United States and from medieval Europe. I’m especially interested in gargoyles, illuminated manuscripts, Gothic architecture, John Singer Sargent, and the Hudson River School.

I’ve been figure skating since I was five years old. It doesn’t play as big a role in this website as it does in the title, but it’s a big part of who I am. I also enjoy dancing, reading, cooking, sewing, and learning about all sorts of things.

Learn about art, art history, and museums with me via The Art Museum Insider, my online school through Teachable!

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I’m always glad to hear from fellow art lovers! To get in touch with me, comment on any post and please join my email list.

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36 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 there, thanks for dropping by and liking a post on Your blog looks really interesting so am now following 🙂


  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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 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


    Erik Von Norden

  7. Just stumbled upon your site. Never graduated with an art history degree but I love writing about artists, art history and culture and cultural work. Nice read! Continue to inspire us with your well-written and history-based articles about the arts. Love from the Islands Philippines!

  8. I found your site by pure chance. I have a background in architecture and photography and it’s good to find a site that accommodates both of these. Just sent you a note on gargoyles.



  9. Who knew? A Scholarly Skater w/ love of Gargoyles + Dogs + L’Arts+ Architecture + Gothic and Medieval Arts + Hudson Valley Arts and joyous enthusiasm of visual fine arts OMG! Found you through Daily Art Museum. Enthusiastic and extraordinarily thrilled to find Scholarly Skater,
    that embraces beginners, from the actual museum experience…. the scholarly skater will
    soon enjoy an expresso, or cappuccino, or other of her choice. Did I mention it?
    I LOVE GARGOYLES… hope to see a course on an exploration of Gargoyles of Cathedrals created as part of the building designed during the Medieval period.
    Thank you so much for providing these opportunities to your followers and new comers.

    1. Hi Dianne:
      Thank you so much for your enthusiastic words. I am glad that you’re enjoying A Scholarly Skater and DailyArt Magazine.
      In regards to your comment about a gargoyles course, you will be pleased to know that I actually am planning a gargoyles-related course through my online school The Art Museum Insider ( I’m not sure when it will come out, but you can check out my Field Guide to Gargoyles in the meantime (
      Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll visit again soon.

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