Art Appreciation 101 · Art History

What Is an Art Historian?

When I tell people that I'm an art historian, I'm often met with general confusion and awkwardness. So, what is an art historian?

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Architecture · Art Appreciation 101 · Art Guides · Art History · Medieval Art and Architecture

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

Art History · Articles

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)

American Art · Art History · Articles · Female Artists · Spotlight on Artists

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

Art Appreciation 101 · Art History

Ask the Scholarly Skater #1 – Your Art Questions Answered

I recently polled my Facebook friends about their burning art-related questions. I got four great questions, for which I hope I gave four good answers. Do you have an art question you want answered? Let me know in the comments!   Question: Why do Greek and Roman gods always appear naked? Answer: Different cultures and religions… Continue reading Ask the Scholarly Skater #1 – Your Art Questions Answered

Art Appreciation 101 · Art History

Why I Love Art, and You Will Too (Art Appreciation 101)

If you're on the fence about whether art appreciation is for you, let these ten reasons encourage you to give it a try. Art can be beautiful. But it can also be not beautiful, if you’re more into that. Art makes you think. The most powerful works of art inspire deep and meaningful thoughts. Art lets you see… Continue reading Why I Love Art, and You Will Too (Art Appreciation 101)

Art Appreciation 101 · Art History

Art Appreciation 101: How to Look

Welcome to Art Appreciation 101! If you enjoy art and want to better appreciate or understand what you're seeing, you've come to the right place. This series is an introduction to art appreciation skills and concepts. The first step in turning yourself into a bona-fide art connoisseur is learning how to look. While this might… Continue reading Art Appreciation 101: How to Look

A Beginner's Field Guide to Gargyles · Art History · Gargoyle of the Day · Gargoyles · Medieval Art and Architecture

A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Three: Where Can You Find Them?

Welcome back to A Beginner's Field Guide to Gargoyles, your prime source for essential gargoyle information. In case you missed them, check out parts one and two. Now that we know what gargoyles are and where they came from, let's go gargoyle hunting! Where Can You Find Gargoyles? To find an authentic medieval gargoyle or… Continue reading A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Three: Where Can You Find Them?