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 my 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

  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 the history of art. I had pretty much given up and stopped looking for such a painting by sometime… Continue reading December 19th: Christmas-Time, the Blodgett Family by Eastman Johnson