I feel like I'm seeing Rosalba Carriera everywhere these days, and now I'm fully on the bandwagon. Learn about the "Queen of Pastel", her innovation in portraiture, and her distinctly feminine take on 18th-century pin-ups.
Frick Madison Shines New Light on Old Friends
On the afternoon of March 4th, I was one of the very first people to experience Frick Madison, the Frick Collection's new installation in the Whitney Museum's former home at 945 Madison Avenue. The surprisingly-wonderful combination of historical art and Brutalist structure literally shines a new light on the Frick's beloved artworks.
Conserving Violante Ferroni’s Paintings in Florence
For the past year, Florence, Italy-based conservators Elisabeth Wicks and Marina Vincenti has been restoring two important paintings by Violante Ferroni.Their context and subject matter make them even more relevant today then when the restoration first began. Read my article about the project at DailyArt Magazine.
The Art of Angelica Kauffman
Angelica Kauffmann RA, 1741–1807, Swiss, active in Britain (1766–81), Self Portrait, undated, Graphite on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, B1977.14.5552. I just love Angelica Kauffman's art, and I adore writing about her. Kauffman (1741-1807) was a master of Neo-Classical history painting - one of the only… Continue reading The Art of Angelica Kauffman
A Wearable Religious Painting from Ethiopia
While at the Metropolitan Museum of Art a few weeks ago, a small religious diptych from 18th-century Ethiopia caught my eye. The Ethiopians have one of the oldest Christian traditions in the world. They have also produced many wonderful icons.
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.
The Beautiful Things of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington D.C. was the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post. She was a great hostess, philanthropist, and art collector. Her home is gorgeous and filled with treasures.
A Rainy Day at Monticello
Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States, a Founding Father, and the author of the Declaration of Independence. He designed his home, Monticello, in Charlottesville, Virginia. I visited on a very rainy day in late September as part of the first leg of my vacation.