Art Appreciation 101 · Art History

What is Provenance, and Why is It Important?

If you've been around the art world for a while, chances are that you've heard the term "provenance". If so, you've probably gotten the sense that it is important, but you may not know what it is or why it matters. Provenance is an artwork's history of ownership, and it help you determine if a work is genuine and honest.

Art History · European Art

The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr

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

Art History

Failure… or Not (WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #14)

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)

Art History · Spotlight on Artists

Portrait of the Artist’s Daughter

Australian photographer Bill Gekas has been getting a lot of attention recently. His work has been featured everywhere from Buzzfeed to The Magazine Antiques, and I think I'll give him some press here as well. Gekas's work consists of portraits of his young daughter dressed up and posed in the style of Old Master paintings. I… Continue reading Portrait of the Artist’s Daughter

Art History · Spotlight on Artists

Fashion For the Art Historian: the Designs of Gary Graham

I was reading an article in this month's The Magazine Antiques about a current exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. Entitled "Folk Couture: Folk Art and Fashion", the exhibition includes the work of thirteen fashion designers, each of whom was invited to create a piece of couture based on one or… Continue reading Fashion For the Art Historian: the Designs of Gary Graham