I got a lot of confused questions yesterday while unboxing my deluxe The Book of Kells by Bernard Meehan. I thought that everybody was familiar with the Book of Kells, but I see that's not true, so let me explain what the Book of Kells is and why it's so special.
Here's a fun piece of news to make things interesting in the art world. A painting attributed to early Italian Renaissance artist Cimabue was recently found in an elderly French woman's kitchen. Learn about Cimabue and why this new discovery is both significant and controversial.
Some of the paintings in the dining room at the Florence Griswold House in Old Lyme, CT. Photo by A Scholarly Skater. I recently visited the Florence Griswold Museum - the Connecticut boardinghouse where American Impressionists of the Old Lyme Art Colony stayed and worked during summers in the early-20th century. And I saw the… Continue reading Miss Florence’s Painted Dining Room
In this tempera painting by 14th-century Italian artist Niccolo di ser Sozzo, the angel looks impatient and irritated. This is something you don't see very often, so why does it look like this?
The Hyde Collection is a world-class art collection in the unassuming Adirondack town of Glens Falls, New York. It really was the most delightful little surprise, and I had a wonderful visit.
I stumbled upon art history by accident and loved it, but here are some much better reasons to study this fascinating subject.
Sometimes, I just walk past random paintings in museums and fall in love with them. I went back to enjoy this painting several more times during my most recent visit to the Met. It's The Church at Gloucester, 1918, by American Impressionist Childe Hassam.
In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at the Met is an ongoing exhibition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. It provided the chance to view the works up close at my leisure, which gave me a new appreciation for this type of artwork.
During Independence Day weekend here in the U.S., I enjoyed a nice display of fireworks. During the show, I found myself wondering how fireworks are designed and made. Then, I started thinking that a really spectacular fireworks show is actually an art form.
I discovered it while choosing works for my recent Luminism article on DailyArt Magazine, and I can't get it out of my head. It seems to depict an otherworldly fairyland... but it actually depicts a casino town on the New Jersey shore.