Art Appreciation 101 · Art History

What is Provenance, and Why is It Important?

If you've been around the art world for a while, chances are that you've heard the term "provenance". If so, you've probably gotten the sense that it is important, but you may not know what it is or why it matters. Provenance is an artwork's history of ownership, and it help you determine if a work is genuine and honest.

Medieval Art and Architecture · Museum Reviews

Enjoying a medieval fantasy at the Cloisters

The Cloisters is a museum of medieval art, but I think it's more than that. To me, it's also a sort of medieval fantasy land (in a good way). The museum building is neo-medieval structure that incorporates genuine pieces of Romanesque and Gothic architecture within it. Spending time there is a little like being transported to another time and place.

American Art of the Week

American Art of the Week: Camel Grazing at Mosque by Louis Comfort Tiffany

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) is world famous for his works in stained glass and other decorative arts, as well as for founding Tiffany Studios. However, did you also know that he was an accomplished painter? While that doesn't come as a complete surprise to me, of course, I had never really focused on that fact until one… Continue reading American Art of the Week: Camel Grazing at Mosque by Louis Comfort Tiffany

European Art

December 13th: Ball at the Russian Imperial Court by Dmitry Kardovsky

If you are seeing this (and I set the timer correctly), it means I am currently at a holiday ball. I figured the Advent Calendar should get in on the action, too. Interestingly, it is far easier to get a ticket to a glamorous and elegant holiday party than an artistic representation of one. It took me… Continue reading December 13th: Ball at the Russian Imperial Court by Dmitry Kardovsky