Greco's Ghosts

Art. History. Culture.

Guns N’ Roses and Raphael: The Bromance

If you like heavy metal and High Renaissance, boy do I have a treat for you! I was in Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend and had the pleasure of attending … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Napoleon Bonaparte: Courageous Conqueror or Foretold Antichrist?

If you are recognizing the anniversary of a historically prolific person’s death, do you refer to it as celebrating? Honoring? Remembering? Grieving? What if that person is the famous (or infamous?) Napoleon … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

When a Rembrandt Becomes a Rembrandt Again

A buried treasure found in a building that houses nothing but treasures? It happens. An original painting by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn is worth tens of millions of dollars. … Continue reading

May 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Year of the Greek Dude

El Año Greco. This week, and year for that matter, honors the IV Centennial anniversary of the death of El Greco (April 7, 1614), one of Spain’s most prolific artistic masters. … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

Did You Bury Your Sardine? It’s Lent People!

Carnival, carne vale in Latin, means “farewell to meat.” We recently celebrated Carnival/Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras. We engorged ourselves on greasy meats, King cakes, paczkis and other empty carbs, perhaps even a … Continue reading

March 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

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 · 156 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

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