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Alexandra Kiely

Alexandra believes that enjoying the art of the past is the closest she can get to time travel, only much safer. When she's not being an art historian, she can usually be found ice skating and dancing. Visit her at

Stories By Alexandra Kiely

  • 20th century

    The Beautiful Portraiture of Cecilia Beaux

    By January 9, 2018

    Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942) is the most important American society painter that you probably have never heard of. She was a popular artist and a highly-respected teacher, but she isn’t well known today. Let’s change that and...

  • Academism

    Visit Parisian Landmarks In These Ten Gorgeous Paintings

    By December 1, 2017

    If you’ve ever been to Paris, you know that there’s nothing like seeing the city in person. However, that’s no reason not to get a taste of it with some help from great artists. So, let’s look...

  • 19th Century

    Beyond Madame X: Portraits by John Singer Sargent

    By November 4, 2017

    John Singer Sargent is one of art history’s most famous portrait painters. He was born in Italy to American parents and received his formal artistic training in Paris, where he quickly became successful at the all-important...

  • Artist

    Giovanni Boldini’s Beautiful Belles

    By October 9, 2017

    Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931) was a popular society portrait painter in turn-of-the-century France and England. His elegant portraits are still much appreciated today. He is best known for depicting gorgeous and fashionable women – mostly socialites, noble...

  • Women Artists

    Female Painters of the Hudson River School, Part Two

    By August 7, 2017

    Earlier this year, I introduced six female artists of the Hudson River School, an important landscape painting movement in nineteenth-century America. There were so many talented ladies to choose from, that I couldn’t possibly feature all...

  • Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Thankful Poor, 1894, private collection Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Thankful Poor, 1894, private collection


    Henry Ossawa Tanner – African-American Artistic Pioneer

    By April 11, 2017

    Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), the first African-American to become an internationally successful artist, was known for his beautiful religious paintings and scenes of African-American life. He is often compared to Old Masters such as Rembrandt and...

  • Women Artists

    Six Female Artists of the Hudson River School

    By March 4, 2017

    The Hudson River School, a movement in American landscape painting, was America’s first independent artistic tradition. It was very popular in the middle half of the nineteenth century due to its focus on American scenery and nationalism. Notable Hudson River School artists include...

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