Happy 258th Birthday Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun!
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Happy 258th Birthday Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun!

Happy Birthday – Where’s the party? The Palace of Versailles. Vigée Le Brun lived in and visited many different places over the course of her long career including the Netherlands, Austria, Russia, Italy and England. But her early association with Marie Antoinette shaped the rest of her career – in fact, it was because of … Continue reading

Review of The Painted Girls, by Cathy Marie Buchanan
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Review of The Painted Girls, by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Somewhere along the line, I’ve become an art snob. One day I realized that I automatically snorted a little when someone told me how cool M.C. Escher’s pictures are, and that when I replied I would use the phrase “graphic work” to describe the drawings. And this attitude of mine also goes for, among other … Continue reading

Review of “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro
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Review of “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro

Two weeks ago, artist Paul Emsley unveiled his new portrait of Kate Middleton. What do you think of it? Though it’s received some praise, for the most part critics have dismissed it as disappointingly bland. In a way, it’s the image’s attempt at “sweetness” that is the real problem. Emsley’s portrait doesn’t really make you … Continue reading

Happy 414th birthday, Francisco de Zurbaran!
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Happy 414th birthday, Francisco de Zurbaran!

Born: 7 November, 1598 in Fuente de Cantos Died: 27 August, 1664 Movement: Spanish Baroque Patrons: Philip IV of Spain, Diego Velazquez Where is his birthday party? In Seville near Alcazar, the royal palace. Gift idea? How about a bowl of oranges, three lemons, a glass of water and a rose? Beware though — these … Continue reading