Monthly Archives: November 2010

The Starving Art Historian Gift Guide: Books for Every Coffee Table

Buying books can be risky.  You aren’t sure if the person has already read it, much less if they ever will read it once in their possession.  So, dear reader, imagine a fantasy world in which everyone on your list … Continue reading

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Art, More Accessable

Yesterday’s post got me thinking generally about famous illustrators, which of course led me down another tangent.  There is a longstanding tradition of artists applying their talents to commercial projects that I, as a consumer, really appreciate.  It’s pretty cool … Continue reading

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A Foray into Fangirldom

A little known fact about me – I used to be a huge Final Fantasy fan.  I’m not talking about the musician, but the video game franchise.  I don’t talk about that phase of my life too often because video … Continue reading

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No Bad Impressions

Impressionism is possibly the world’s most well loved artistic movement.  It was a 19th century movement centered on thin, light brushstrokes and the depiction of light at all angles.  Any ordinary subject could theoretically be translated into an impressionistic style.  … Continue reading

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The Botany of Death

I saw pale kings and princes too, Pale warriors, death-pale were they all; They cried – “La Belle Dame sans Merci Hath thee in thrall!” Above is a stanza from John Keat’s 1819 ballad “La Belle Dame sans Merci.”  It … Continue reading

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The Raft of the Medusa: Bad Days are Here to Stay

The 1818-1819 Gericault painting is, frankly, one of the most amazing pieces of art ever.  That’s in my humble opinion, at least.  The French artist painted it when he was only 27, not to mention the extensive studies of corpses, … Continue reading

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Life is Short, and Shortly It Will End

One of the oldest tropes in art history is the memento mori. The phrase, dating back to antiquity, means “remember your mortality” or “remember that you will die.”  The phrase and depictions of it became especially popular in Medieval history … Continue reading

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