Art Appreciation 101 · Art History · Museum Reviews

Princeton University Art Museum Review

A review of the Princeton University Art Museum in Princeton, New Jersey. Information about the collections, the experience, and what to keep in mind if you visit.

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Art Appreciation 101

How to Have a Great Museum Visit (Art Appreciation 101)

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.   The Louvre Museum in Paris, with its famous glass pyramid entrance. Prepare to wait in lots of lines if you visit. (Photo… Continue reading How to Have a Great Museum Visit (Art Appreciation 101)

Architecture · Art History · Writing Prompt Responses

WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #8: Evocative Worlds in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Today’s prompt involves describing a place with the added challenge of doing so without using adverbs. The prompt specifies that I go to a place and describe it while I’m there, but I will describe someplace from memory because the weather is crummy, I competed this morning, and I have no desire to go back… Continue reading WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #8: Evocative Worlds in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art History · Articles

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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Art History · Books · Fashion History

Used Books, Hoopskirts, and Christmas circa 1900

Instead of one longer post, I have several diverse things to talk about today. Hopefully all will be equally interesting. Used Books: I went to an antique book and document fair for work yesterday, and I ended up spending almost everything I got paid to be there on used books. [I may be joking here,… Continue reading Used Books, Hoopskirts, and Christmas circa 1900