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Art History Halloween Costume Ideas and Party!

If you’re wanting to bring some culture into spooky season, check out these creative art history-themed costumes! There will be a costume contest at the AAHA Halloween Party on Monday – all are invited!

The mysterious folded paper in the Surrender of Breda

I’m going to be catching up a bit on some of the questions that have been asked in lecture on here. A few weeks ago, someone pointed out the strange folded paper that Velázquez painted in the bottom right of… Continue Reading →

Candles, mouse traps, and other details in the Annunciation Triptych

The question in class yesterday about the symbolism behind the candles in the Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece) sent me down a bit of a rabbit hole, and two journal articles linked below demonstrate how scholars attempt to uncover meaning in… Continue Reading →

Welcome Fall 2021 Class!

I hope you all enjoyed our first lecture yesterday, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you and joining you on this journey through over 700 years of art history. I will periodically use this blog for relevant links,… Continue Reading →

Van Gogh on Film and in Our Region

One of my favorite scenes from the British science-fiction series Doctor Who is this one where the series’ main characters–both time travelers–bring Van Gogh to an exhibition of his work at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. In the scene, an… Continue Reading →

Indigenous Perspectives on 19th Century Landscapes and Other Artworks

The Metropolitan Museum in New York put together this wonderful resource of Indigenous perspectives on objects from the American Wing, including the Bierstadt painting we looked at in class on Thursday. This is an important way to layer our perspectives… Continue Reading →

Documentary on Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights

Here is the documentary I mentioned in class yesterday. It’s from the BBC’s Renaissance Revolution series. Enjoy!

The Chaperon: Draped and Wrapped Headgear of the Medieval and Renaissance Periods

As promised, I have some more information on the curious “red turban” seen in Jan Van Eyck’s portrait we studied on Tuesday. Called a chaperon, what we see in this painting is essentially a shoulder cape with a hood that… Continue Reading →

More on the furry teacup

Just came across this great piece on the lesser-known side of Meret Oppenheim’s Object. Enjoy!

Realism and Labor

Interesting article that discusses Courbet’s painting The Stonebreakers and connects it to contemporary art.

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