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‘Bonfire of the Vanities’- Real Event in Florence
When we hear 'Bonfire of the Vanities' we think of a novel by Tom Wolfe, with a movie version in 1990. An actual event during the Renaissance, I’ll discuss its significance as it relates to art and the artist Sandro Botticelli.
‘Fabergé Revealed’ – Peabody Essex Museum
Seventeen years after the 'Fabergé in America' exhibit, I was delighted to see a special Fabergé exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA from the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. I’ll discuss my favorites from both exhibits.
‘Project Runway’ Designers Visit Getty Museum
Five finalists from the popular ‘Project Runway’ show on Lifetime Television visit the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles to gain inspiration for their clothing designs.
A - Painting - A - Day – In 19th Century France?
What began in 2004 with Virginia artist Duane Keiser, the ‘A-Painting-A-Day’ craze has surged in popularity, offering affordable paintings by talented artists. What would artists from 19th Century France have thought?
A Brief Anthology of Being Unclothed in Art
I discuss how being unclothed (both male and female) have been accepted or rejected over the centuries and how it is defined today.
A Comparison of Gothic Cathedrals in Europe
Chartres Cathedral in France, Salisbury Cathedral in England, and Siena Cathedral in Italy will be compared, relative to each country’s interpretation of the Gothic style.
A Review of the Movie 'Woman in Gold'
The title of the painting 'Woman in Gold' is really a misnomer as it was changed by the Nazis who looted this and other art before WW II. I will discuss the painting’s real identity and this fascinating true story.
A Review of the Movie ‘Tim’s Vermeer’
When I first heard about this movie I wondered who Tim was and why would he think he could 'paint a Vermeer'? I’ll discuss 'Tim' and others who spend time (attempting) to discredit Vermeer’s genius.
A Vermeer Painting Owned by Hitler
Johannes Vermeer, the 17th century Dutch artist who was the original 'painter of light,' produced one work of art that Hitler wanted for himself.
Abstract Expressionism Adorns US Stamps
In March 2010, the United States Postal Service issued 44 cent stamps with images from ten paintings by abstract expressionists. Another American institution, the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum has paintings from this era on exhibition.
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