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
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Welcome to the fifth and final installment of the Field Guide to Gargoyles! By the end of this post, you'll be well prepared to study any gargoyle you encounter in the wild! What is their significance? No one is really sure why gargoyles exist or look the way they do. That mystery is a big… Continue reading Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Five: What Is Their Significance?
It's great to look at art online, but nothing beats seeing it up close at a museum. For the best possible museum-going experience, plan ahead. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Welcome back to the Field Guide to Gargoyles. Here, you'll find everything you've ever wanted to know about gargoyles and grotesques. To recap, so far we have defined gargoyles and grotesques, learned where they originated, and found out where to look for them. To be a successful gargoyle hunter, however, you need one more piece of information - what they… Continue reading Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Four: What Do They Look Like?
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
Welcome back to the 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 grotesque,… Continue reading Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Three: Where Can You Find Them?
Welcome back to the Field Guide to Gargoyles, your answer for common questions about gargoyles and grotesques. Last time, we identified what a gargoyle is and how it differs from a grotesque. Now, let's talk about the gargoyle origin story. Where and when do gargoyles come from? It's difficult to pinpoint when or where the very first gargoyle appeared, because… Continue reading Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Two: Where and When Did Gargoyles Come From?
I love gargoyles, and I know a lot of other people do too. Talking to gargoyle enthusiasts, I've come to realize that the origins, terminology, and interpretation of gargoyles can be confusing, and there's not a lot of good information out there. In an effort to encourage greater appreciation of these quirky little creatures, I’ve decided to spend a few posts… Continue reading Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part One: What is a Gargoyle, Anyway?