One of the most rewarding aspect of writing this blog has definitely been realizing how many other people share my fascination with gargoyles and grotesques! It has been so wonderful and surprising to hear friends and readers tell me they enjoy my gargoyle posts and miss them when I take a break from them. It… Continue reading The Gargoyle Appreciation Society
I recently polled my Facebook friends about their burning art-related questions. I got four great questions, for which I hope I gave four good answers. Do you have an art question you want answered? Let me know in the comments! Question: Why do Greek and Roman gods always appear naked? Answer: Different cultures and religions… Continue reading Ask the Scholarly Skater #1 – Your Art Questions Answered
This past weekend, I finally got the opportunity to visit someplace I've wanted to see for a long time - Lyndhurst mansion! Lyndhurst is an huge house in Tarrytown, New York. It was first built in the 1838 and enlarged in 1864. Three families lived in the house between its completion and 1961 - those of politician William Paulding, businessman George Merritt, and Gilded… Continue reading My visit to Lyndhurst, an American castle
If you enjoy jaw-dropping architecture, significant collections of fine and decorative arts, and historical artifacts, you may want to visit some historic sites. Historic house museums and other places of national or historic importance are frequently open to the public for touring. Historic sites are fun because they give you the rare opportunity to feel as though you're… Continue reading How to Have Great Historic Site Visit (Art Appreciation 101)
I spent my Saturday morning gargoyle hunting, and I found these charming little grotesques on a small house on the grounds of a church I sometimes attend. (To be more accurate, I already knew of their existence. I didn't find them as much as I sought them out to take their picture.) Interestingly, I didn't spot a single gargoyle… Continue reading Think gargoyle-ly, act locally
Welcome to the fifth and final installment of A Beginner's Field Guide to Gargoyles! By the end of this post, you'll be well prepared to study any gargoyle you encounter in the wild! What is their significance? No one is really sure why gargoyles exist or look the way they do. That mystery is… Continue reading A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Five: What Is Their Significance?
It's great to look at art online, but nothing beats seeing it up close at a museum. For the best possible museum-going experience, plan ahead. Here are some things to keep in mind. The Louvre Museum in Paris, with its famous glass pyramid entrance. Prepare to wait in lots of lines if you visit. (Photo… Continue reading How to Have a Great Museum Visit (Art Appreciation 101)
If you're on the fence about whether art appreciation is for you, let these ten reasons encourage you to give it a try. Art can be beautiful. But it can also be not beautiful, if you’re more into that. Art makes you think. The most powerful works of art inspire deep and meaningful thoughts. Art lets you see… Continue reading Why I Love Art, and You Will Too (Art Appreciation 101)
Henry Ossawa Tanner was a talented artist who made beautiful religious and genre paintings in the mid-19th and early-20th centuries. He was also the first African-American to become internationally successful as an artist. I just love Tanner's work. Read my article about him on DailyArtDaily to find out about his life, career, and experiences in… Continue reading Henry Ossawa Tanner on DailyArtDaily
Welcome back to A Beginner's Field Guide to Gargoyles. Here, you'll find everything you've ever wanted to know about gargoyles and grotesques. To recap, part one defined gargoyles and grotesques, part two talked about where gargoyles originated, and part three explained where to look for them. To be a successful gargoyle hunter, however, you need one… Continue reading A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Four: What do they look like?