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

Art History

Isabella Stewart Gardner: the Lady, the Legend, the Legacy ~ a guest post by Alexandra G. Kiely

Susan Abernethy (The Freelance History Writer) was kind enough to invite me to write this guest post for her. I chose to write about American art collector Isabella Stewart Gardner, founder of the museum of the same name in Boston, Massachusetts. Check out my article and the rest of Susan’s wonderful blog!

The Freelance History Writer

Alexandra is a twenty-something art historian and researcher with omnivorous interests in arts, culture, and history. She is also a figure skater and a dancer. Read more about her various intellectual pursuits at ascholarlyskater.wordpress.com.

Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice, 1894 as painted by Anders Zorn Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice, 1894 as painted by Anders Zorn

Isabella Stewart Gardner. Even among the ranks of art collectors – glamorous and fascinating characters all – that name looms large. A rare, early female art collector, and more importantly a female who founded her own museum, she was a powerful member of late nineteenth-century Boston’s influential upper crust. She was a woman of great curiosity and fierce intellect who travelled the world and made friends with the likes of Henry James, but she was also the subject of sensational news stories in her day and extravagant legends in ours. Her name will forever be associated with the mysterious and still-unsolved 1990 robbery that…

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American Art

A Female Hero Memorialized in Bronze by a Female Artist

This breathtaking statue of Joan of Arc Memorial statue by Anna Hyatt Huntington was installed in New York City's Riverside Park in 1915 and is about to turn one hundred years old! The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University just opened an exhibition, Goddess, Heroine, Beast: Anna Hyatt Huntington's New York… Continue reading A Female Hero Memorialized in Bronze by a Female Artist