While stocking up on books for an impending snow storm, I found Jonathan Harr's The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece (Random House, 2006) on the library shelf and picked it up on a whim. During the actual storm the following day, I devoured the entire book in a few hours and only wished it were longer (the… Continue reading The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr
Today, I'll debunk some common misconceptions about being an art historian. I hear these a lot when I talk about my work. Plus, I've included a little about the skills you learn as an art historian that will help with any career.
When I tell people that I'm an art historian, I'm often met with general confusion and awkwardness. So, what is an art historian?
I'm excited to report that the new and improved Daily Art app was released today! Because I'm a Daily Art contributor, I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek as a beta tester earlier this month, so I already know that I'm a big fan of the updates.* I love the new searching and sorting features, as… Continue reading The updated Daily Art app is here!
Hi everybody! Happy New Year! I hope everybody had a nice holiday season. While I'm a little sad that the holidays are over, I'm also looking forward to getting back to all the exciting stuff I have planned for 2017. While I'm working on that, here are a few things I may have missed telling you guys… Continue reading Happy New Year! A few updates.
It wouldn't be Halloween if I didn't write at least once about creepy creatures in art. (Did you really think I wasn't going to do it this year?) Well, HeadStuff just posted my article "Halloween Creatures in Five Centuries of Art", in which I take a look at how imaginings of witches, vampires, demons, and… Continue reading Halloween Creatures in Five Centuries of Art (HeadStuff)
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. - Pablo Picasso Thanks to Belinda O. and her excellent taste in quotations, I was inspired to find and post a meaningful quote relating to the theme of my blog. This one is both relevant and true. No matter your preferred medium or form of expression, the… Continue reading An Art Quote for the Quote Challenge
Happy New Year! I'm really looking forward to all the exciting new projects that 2016 (hopefully) has in store for me, both on this blog and otherwise. After a week's hiatus (due to computer problems and an annual holiday ice show), Gargoyle of the Day will be back this coming Sunday, and my new regular feature will… Continue reading Happy New Year!
Today’s assignment was to pick up the nearest book, turn to page twenty-nine, and write a post based on the first word that you notice on that page. In a fashion that should not surprise anyone who knows anything about me, my nearest book was Robert Edsel’s The Monuments Men. I’m nothing if not predictable.… Continue reading Failure… or Not (WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #14)
For today's prompt about writing from a different point of view, I decided to describe a work of art from the perspective of a figure depicted in the work. I have chosen Edouard Manet's Railroad (Gare St-Lazare) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., a painting noted for its opaque psychology, unclear narrative, and… Continue reading WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #9: What Manet’s Girls Saw