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.

I graduated from college in 2012 with a B.A. in art history and started A Scholarly Skater in 2013 as a place to write about art and interact with fellow art lovers. My favorite topics are Medieval Art and American Art. I’m particularly interested in gargoyles, illuminated manuscripts, Gothic architecture, John Singer Sargent, and the Hudson River School. But I write about other things, too.

Additionally, I strive to help people feel more comfortable visiting museums and enjoying art wherever they might encounter it. In Art Appreciation 101, I give my best advice on topics like planning a museum visit and where to enjoy art for free. I also have museum reviews and guides to major styles of art and architecture.

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.

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

Please Note

I don’t make money from this website in any way. If I recommend a book, website, museum, or anything else, it’s simply because I have enjoyed that product and think others will, too. However, I am sometimes 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.

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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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