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 spread the love of art with everybody by sharing with lots of art and the great stories behind it. I hope that all my visitors enjoy my articles and learn something fun and interesting from them.

I’ve been figure skating practically since I learned to walk, and I also dance ballroom and ballet. I enjoy reading, photography, cooking, sewing, 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

My two biggest passions in art history are Medieval Art and American Art. On the medieval side of things, I particularly love gargoyles, illuminated manuscripts, and Gothic architecture. On the American side, I love John Singer Sargent and the Hudson River School, particularly Thomas Cole and Frederick Edwin Church. If you also enjoy any of those things, you’ve definitely come to the right place, because I write a lot about all of them! If none of these are your favorites, don’t worry. Visit the “Art & Architecture” tab on the navigation bar to see all the other styles and time periods I’ve written about.

I also enjoy helping people feel more comfortable visiting museums and enjoying art anywhere they might encounter it. If you want to boost your art appreciation skills, head over to the Art Appreciation 101 section. There, you will find advice on topics like planning your museum visit, where you can enjoy art for free, and the best way to really look at art. I also have guides to major styles, museum reviews, and other goodies.

Other topics you can read about here include reviews of books I’ve read and exhibitions I’ve visited, fun facts I’ve discovered, accounts of my visits to historic places like old mansions and hotels, celebrations of art that inspires me, and more.

For even more art goodness, read my posts on DailyArt Magazine.

If you have questions about art history or want advice about art appreciation, ask the Scholarly Skater. To get in touch with me, comment on any post.

Please Note

I write this website so that I can share my art-related excitement, experience, and knowledge with a wider audience. My goal is to connect with other art lovers and to help more people feel comfortable with art. I don’t make money from this website in any way. If I recommend a book, website, museum, or anything else, it’s only because I have enjoyed that product and think others will, too. However, I am often paid to write pieces that are published elsewhere, and I may post links to those articles here. If any of this ever changes, I’ll be sure to let you know.

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 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

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