Art Appreciation 101 · Art Guides

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

Art Appreciation 101 · Art Guides · Art History

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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Giovanni Boldini’s Beautiful Belles (now on Daily Art Daily)

Remember when I went to Newport and saw gorgeous Lady Decies (Elizabeth Wharton Drexel) at The Elms? Well, I was so excited about this that I wrote a whole article about Giovanni Boldini (the genius who painted her) for Daily Art Daily! Check it out to learn about Boldini's art and see more of his… Continue reading Giovanni Boldini’s Beautiful Belles (now on Daily Art Daily)

Architecture · Historic Places · My Newport Adventures · Places

And So Much More (My Newport Adventures)

If you've read all my posts in this series, you've officially been introduced to every Newport mansion I visited. (But not every Newport mansion, since unfortunately I didn't get to visit two of them.) But my Newport adventure wasn't entirely mansion tours. There's lots else to see and do in town. The Redwood Library and Athenaeum is… Continue reading And So Much More (My Newport Adventures)

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The Green Animals Topiary Garden (My Newport Adventures)

Brayton Hall, the Brayton family's former home, is located about 20 minutes outside Newport in the nearby town of Portsmouth.  The primary attraction of this site isn't the house, but the garden, popularly known as the Green Animals Topiary Garden. It has more than 80 topiaries shaped of like animals and objects alongside may other trees and flowers. My favorite topiaries were the owl,… Continue reading The Green Animals Topiary Garden (My Newport Adventures)

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The Isaac Bell House (My Newport Adventures)

The Isaac Bell House is very different from anything else I saw in Newport. While the Vanderbilts, Berwinds, and other prominent Newport families looked to the past to imitate Renaissance, Gothic, and Baroque architecture, Isaac Bell looked forward instead. Thanks to his architect Stanford White, his house (completed in 1883) began a new style that’s now called Shingle Style.… Continue reading The Isaac Bell House (My Newport Adventures)

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Kingscote (My Newport Adventures)

Kingscote was owned by George Nobel Jones, and then several generations of the King family (who obviously gave it the name). The home was built in 1841 but substantially enlarged in the 1880s for the Kings. The original house was designed by Richard Upjohn, and the addition was by McKim, Mead, and White.  Kingscote is large and impressive,… Continue reading Kingscote (My Newport Adventures)

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The Breakers (My Newport Adventures)

    I know what everyone has been waiting for, and I won't let you wait any longer. Today's post is all about The Breakers! The Breakers is the crown jewel of Newport, and it's totally crazy to experience. I actually had trouble believing I was still in the United States. Cornelius Vanderbilt II, who… Continue reading The Breakers (My Newport Adventures)

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Female Painters of the Hudson River School, Part Two

    Back in March, I wrote a piece for Daily Art about female artists of the Hudson River School movement. I liked the idea so much that I decided to write a follow-up featuring five more artists, also for Daily Art. You can read it at the link below. Female Painters of the Hudson… Continue reading Female Painters of the Hudson River School, Part Two