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Who owns daguerreotypes taken without consent?

Fascinating story about a recent lawsuit concerning a series of daguerreotypes taken by Harvard University academics during the 19th century of enslaved people tied to racist beliefs and pseudoscience. NY Times Article: Who Should Own Photos of Slaves? The Descendants,… Continue Reading →

Music Student Makes Recording from Detail in the Garden of Earthly Delights

Listen to Hieronymus Bosch’s “500-Year-Old Butt Song From Hell”

Upcoming Events this Thursday!

I will be giving at brief talk at the Art Museum at 5:50 on Thursday covering the work of Pop artist Robert Indiana and how his LOVE sculptures have become a magnet for selfies in the twenty-first century. After this,… Continue Reading →

Podcast Ep on Secret Lives of Color

Curious about the origins of the pigments used throughout art history? Some colors used extremely rare (and expensive) organic materials, making some dyes or pigments only available to the upper echelons of society. This podcast, featuring author Kassia St. Claire,… Continue Reading →

On the mystery of pregnancy in Jan Van Eyck’s Double Portrait

Though the figure in Van Eyck’s famous (and mysterious) paintings is almost certainly not pregnant, there are ways that the painting can be read in terms of 15th century gender roles and the constant pressure on women of her stature… Continue Reading →

Welcome Spring 2019 Class!!

Hello future art historians! This website will act as your textbook for Art 188: Renaissance to Contemporary Art. All materials are linked here or available on Canvas. I will frequently post interesting articles, videos, and other material via this blog… Continue Reading →

“Just DO!!!” – Benedict Cumberbatch reads Sol LeWitt’s letter to Eva Hesse

In this video actor Benedict Cumberbatch reads one of the most famous primary source documents of the Postminimalist period, Sol LeWitt’s letter of encouragement to Eva Hesse. Hopefully this is a great motivator for you as you work on final… Continue Reading →

New Animated Film on Vincent Van Gogh

The film Loving Vincent was just released and features animation made entirely from oil paintings, the first of its kind.

Additional Documentary on Whistler

If you are particularly interested in Whistler’s work, you might enjoy this documentary from PBS.

Blink Cincinnati draws one million visitors

Contemporary light art drew record crowds to downtown Cincinnati last weekend. There are many examples throughout art history of exhibitions reaching a wide audience, especially with the Salons and World’s Fairs of the 19th century that we are discussing in… Continue Reading →

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