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An Array of Art at Biltmore

Unlike his father, George Vanderbilt wasn't a huge art collector. He collected prints, but beyond that, he generally preferred to spend his money on his home and lands rather than paintings and sculptures. However, he still managed to acquire quite a few notable works of art that are now on display at Biltmore. Here are some of my favorites.

European Art

December 11th: The Magi by Joseph Binder

I looked at a lot of Magi/Three Wise Men paintings today, but something about this one particularly stood out for me. It is by Austrian artist Joseph Binder (1798–1864). I think it's a combination of things - the clarity of the image, the colors (particularly the blues in the sky), the varying reactions of the… Continue reading December 11th: The Magi by Joseph Binder

Other Stuff

“Fasching” begins: an introduction to Viennese Ball Season

Ball der Wiener Kaffeesieder (Ball of the Viennese Coffee House Owners) 2013. Photo (c) Andi Bruckner, http://www.andibruckner.com 0664/11444102. This post was inspired by several things: my interest in ballroom culture and history, my love of the Viennese Waltz, my desire to visit Vienna (so much that I asked for Vienna travel guides for Christmas last… Continue reading “Fasching” begins: an introduction to Viennese Ball Season