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A Guide to Renaissance Architecture

A guide to recognizing and appreciating Renaissance architecture. Includes background, key ideas, important architects, and examples.

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A Guide to Post-Impressionist Painting

The Style Is Best Known For Fruit by Paul Cezanne Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh Island life by Paul Gauguin Who, When, and What? The Post-Impressionist movement started in Paris around 1880. Almost all the key players were French or lived in France, though the ideas spread throughout Europe and eventually into North America. Post-Impressionism can be seen in painting… Continue reading A Guide to Post-Impressionist Painting

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How to Enjoy Art Absolutely for Free

A tight budget doesn't have to mean a life without art. There are some places that you can enjoy works of art absolutely for free. College and university art museums are often free to enter. For example, the Princeton University Art Museum is always free and open to the public. Read my review here. Regional art… Continue reading How to Enjoy Art Absolutely for Free

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A Guide to Gothic Architecture

    The Style is best known for Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris Chartres Cathedral in France Westminster Abbey in London Canterbury Cathedral in England. Where, When, and What? The Gothic style of architecture began in 12th-century France, but it soon spread to England and then throughout Europe. It became increasingly popular and elaborate over… Continue reading A Guide to Gothic Architecture

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A Guide to Impressionist Painting

The style is best known for Water lilies by Claude Monet Ballerinas by Edgar Degas Pretty ladies by Pierre-Auguste Renoir Mothers and children by Mary Cassatt. How to recognize it Paintings have a sketch-like or fuzzy appearance. Subjects are recognizable from a distance, but they dissipate into brush strokes as you get closer. Forms are flat,… Continue reading A Guide to Impressionist Painting

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Ask the Scholarly Skater #1 – Your Art Questions Answered

I recently polled my Facebook friends about their burning art-related questions. I got four great questions, for which I hope I gave four good answers. Do you have an art question you want answered? Let me know in the comments!   Question: Why do Greek and Roman gods always appear naked? Answer: Different cultures and religions… Continue reading Ask the Scholarly Skater #1 – Your Art Questions Answered