Historic Places

Lyndhurst at Christmastime

Over the weekend, I visited Lyndhurst mansion to take the Christmas tour. Lyndhurst is a 19th-century Gothic Revival mansion in Tarrytown, New York. It was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892) and owned by three families, lastly that of railroad magnate Jay Gould (1836-1892). The house has all its original contents, including Tiffany stained glass windows and Gothic Revival furniture by Davis and by Herter Brothers.

European Art

December 20th: Still Life with Christmas Pudding, Holly and Wine by Johanna Helena Looisen

Today's painting, Still Life with Christmas Pudding, Holly and Wine, is┬ámy first Advent Calendar work by a female artist. I wasn't specifically looking for a work by a female painter today, just as I wasn't intentionally avoiding female artists for the first nineteen days. I'm featuring the painting because I love it; it's compelling for… Continue reading December 20th: Still Life with Christmas Pudding, Holly and Wine by Johanna Helena Looisen

American Art

December 19th: Christmas-Time, the Blodgett Family by Eastman Johnson

Christmas-Time, The Blodgett Family by Eastman Johnson, 1864. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Photo via metmuseum.org (CC0 1.0). It's very difficult to find genre paintings (scenes of everyday life) with Christmas settings. I assume that's because the Christmas traditions we are familiar with today have only come into being relatively recently when compared with the entire… Continue reading December 19th: Christmas-Time, the Blodgett Family by Eastman Johnson