Enjoy this photo, sent in by a reader, of a charming gargoyle depicting a Saint Bernard dog from the cathedral of Saint-Just and Saint-Pasteur in Narbonne, France.
Chatting About Notre-Dame de Paris on Jo’s Art History Podcast
Listen to me chat about Notre-Dame de Paris with Jo McLaughlin of Jo's Art History Podcast.
An Update to Celebrate Two Years of Notre-Dame’s Survival
Today marks the two-year anniversary of the April 15, 2019 fire that nearly destroyed Notre-Dame de Paris. To celebrate the beloved Gothic cathedral's continued survival, I've gathered the latest news on the building's status and reconstruction efforts.
Art is a Tyrant – an Entertaining Biography of Rosa Bonheur
I wasn't planning to review Art is a Tyrant: The Unconventional Life of Rosa Bonheur (London: Icon Books, Ltd., 2020), Catherine Hewitt's new biography of French animal painter Rosa Bonheur. But after enjoying it so much, I decided to spread the word.
My Level-Headed Update on Notre-Dame de Paris, One Year After the Fire
It has been exactly one year since the horrible fire that almost destroyed the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. My article for DailyArt Magazine aims to be a balanced assessment of Notre-Dame's current status and also my celebration that the cathedral still stands on the first anniversary of its near destruction.
Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings – My Visit to the Exhibition
I visited Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings, a delightful new show at the Princeton University Art Museum, on its opening day. The museum is currently closed, but you can read my review for DailyArt Magazine to find out why I liked it so much.
Art That Inspires Me: The Paintings of Paul Cézanne
In his Cézanne: A Life, Alex Danchev claims that admirers of Cézanne's work can't really explain why they like it. Since I love a good challenge, I've done my best to prove him wrong. He are my thoughts about Cézanne.
Still Life Paintings by Anne Vallayer-Coster
Anne Vallayer-Coster (1744-1818) was an 18th-century French artist who specialized in still life painting. She was so good at it that she became official painter to Marie-Antoinette.
Charles Meryon’s “Le Stryge” (a Grotesque)
Charles Méryon (1821-1868) was a very talented French etcher who is best known for his series of prints depicting Paris. (Etching is a form of printmaking.) One of his most famous prints depicts a grotesque on the façade of Notre-Dame de Paris. Apparently, Méryon's image is a big part of how this grotesque became so iconic.
The Oxen of Laon Cathedral
A charming story about Laon Cathedral, an important early Gothic church, and why it has sixteen life-sized statues of oxen on its towers.