Stories By Alexandra Kiely
Now at the Frick – Manet: Three Paintings from the Norton Simon MuseumDecember 3, 2019
I love small exhibitions, because they allow me to savor each artwork and absorb all sorts of little details I wouldn’t otherwise. Manet: Three Paintings from the Norton Simon Museum, a trio of paintings by Édouard...
Art State of Mind
Book Review: Sister Wendy’s 100 Best-loved PaintingsNovember 9, 2019
Late last year, the art world mourned the death of Sister Wendy Beckett (1930-2018), the quirky British nun who became a world-wide sensation as a television art commentator. Little did we know that the good sister...
Here Be Medieval DragonsOctober 24, 2019
Dragons are everywhere in popular culture. People make movies about them, collect stuffed animals of them, and dress up as them for Halloween. They have been staples of every major fantasy series in the past century....
Museums And Exhibitions
John Singer Sargent’s Charcoal Portraits at The Morgan LibraryOctober 10, 2019
John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal opened at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York on October 4th. It is the first-ever museum exhibition to focus exclusively on Sargent’s charcoal portrait drawings. It’s a terrific...
Welcome Autumn with Jasper Cropsey’s Colorful Landscape PaintingsSeptember 23, 2019
Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900) was an American artist of the Hudson River School movement. He is often called “The Painter of Autumn” because of his colorful autumnal landscape paintings. Since today is the first day of...
Matilda Browne, a Forgotten Female ImpressionistSeptember 14, 2019
Matilda Browne (1869-1947) was a successful artist in the early 20th century, but unfortunately, few people know her name or her art today. Matilda Browne showed promising artistic talent early in her life. Growing up in...
Painting of the Week: Edward Henry Potthast, Ocean BreezesSeptember 8, 2019
This week’s Painting of the Week is Ocean Breezes by Edward Henry Potthast. It’s a wonderfully vivid work, showing two girls and their mother caught up in the breeze at the beach. Standing in front of...
Florence Griswold – “Patron Saint” of American ImpressionismAugust 28, 2019
Florence Griswold wasn’t an artist or even an art collector, but she was a key figure in American Impressionism. The New York Times even called her the movement’s “Patron Saint”. Florence Griswold (1850-1937) came from an...
“Angel with Attitude”. Grumpy Angel from The Hyde CollectionAugust 17, 2019
Angel is a painting by Niccolò di Ser Sozzo, c. 1350, owned by The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY. This is an unusual depiction of an angel with her* arms crossed. She’s not the serene...
The Medieval Bestiary – Cute, Quirky, and Weird AnimalsAugust 7, 2019
Of all the medieval manuscripts, bestiaries are definitely the most fun. A medieval bestiary is a book about animals. It’s full of unusual information and charming illustrations about a variety of creatures. Bestiaries were based on...
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