Books · Theatre

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare (an eyewitness account)

As some of you may know, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. has taken several of its 82 copies of the First Folio on tour this year, bringing one to each of the fifty U.S. states and Puerto Rico to honor the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Drew University, my alma mater, was the tour's only stop in New Jersey, most likely due to the… Continue reading First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare (an eyewitness account)

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Advent Calendar 2015 · Theatre

December 15th: The Nutcracker scenery by Konstantin Ivanov

Above and below are scenic sketches for the first-ever production of the now-classic ballet The Nutcracker, which was originally staged in 1892 at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. The sketches are by a Konstantin Ivanov, but I unfortunately can't find any information about him. Every website giving information about the history of The Nutcracker mentions… Continue reading December 15th: The Nutcracker scenery by Konstantin Ivanov

American Art · Art History · Spotlight on Artists · Theatre

Thomas Sully, early American painter of the theatre

I read a really good article in last month's The Magazine Antiques about nineteenth-century American painter Thomas Sully and his works inspired by his background in theatre. The article came from the catalog of an exhibition, Thomas Sully: Painted Performance, which was recently held at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The December issue of American Art… Continue reading Thomas Sully, early American painter of the theatre