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Paradise Lost Was Actually Written by a Girl

While on a brief excursion to Chicago last weekend I dropped by the Art Institute for a few hours. I discovered a particular work by Henry Fuseli that caused me to linger … Continue reading

March 2, 2014 · 24 Comments

Holy Mother! It’s the Russians!

The Winter Olympics happen every four years. When I was a kid, I was glued to the TV during this time because I was obsessed with the figure skating and … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · 3 Comments

Celebrating Hellenistic Sculpture: A Victory Restored

How do you feel about restoring ancient art? There was a time when it was common museum/curatorial practice to actually restore parts of an object back onto itself. In other … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

You Oughta Know: Thomas Cole’s Empire

Actually, many of you already know. But if you don’t know, you oughta. You really, really oughta. So this post is just to make sure you do. Anyone who knows anything … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · 213 Comments

O Come, Let us Adore Him

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS! In celebration of Christmas, another obvious theme in art history presents itself. The birth of Jesus was conveyed in a million different ways and is possibly one … Continue reading

December 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

A Cornucopia of Wit: Still Life and Arcimboldo

I’ve had another small hiatus from the blogosphere; my apologies. My November has been hectic (I feel like I’ve been out of town over half of this month), and here … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Horror in October Part Four: It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble…  The famous witches mantra in Shakespeare’s Macbeth still comes to mind when bringing up that quintessential antagonist of All Hallow’s … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · 2 Comments

Horror in October Part Three: Goya’s Madmen

This month’s feature on terror now takes a twist toward the insane. Think of how many characters in our popular culture have been portrayed as sadistic madmen. The Joker, Michael … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · 3 Comments

Horror in October Part Two: The Female Monster

The monster is most often an embodiment of traditional masculine characteristics. If a monster is considered female, it has to be indicated so, otherwise we would probably just assume the … Continue reading

October 16, 2013 · 1 Comment

Horror in October: The Infernal Inferno

Happy October everyone! This, in my opinion, is the absolute best time of year. Football season is in full swing and the weather is cooling down. We have apples, leaves … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · 4 Comments

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