An Awesome Surprise: The Morse Museum of American Art

The Morse is world-renowned for its comprehensive collection of works by the American artist and designer, Louis Comfort Tiffany, revealing that his creative talent and the output of his workshop soared well beyond jewel-like lamps and leaded glass windows. […]

Art of Native America: An exhibition of masterworks of indigenous art

A spectacular collection of Native American art is on long-term view at New York’s Metropolitan Museum. We couldn’t ask for more in an exhibition, for the purely aesthetic pleasure these objects give, for gaining a fuller understanding of their cultural significance, and for seeing indigenous art in the context of American art history. […]

St. Paul the Hermit Has Arrived at Notre Dame University

A quick study: Who was Jusepe de Ribera? Who was St. Paul the First Hermit? And why did the artist paint the saint? The Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, has recently received an exciting long-term loan — from the Cummins Family Collection — of the painting St. Paul […]

Praising Sacred Icons as Art

If your exposure has been primarily to Western art, it can be difficult to fully appreciate the artistry of icons. Knowing something about the underlying iconography and typologies, and putting aside expectations of artistic originality and realism, will make these deeply symbolic images more accessible. […]

Who was Everhard Jabach?

He’s such an obscure figure today that he doesn’t even warrant a Wikipedia entry — but he must have been Somebody, to have been the subject of this outsized painting by Charles LeBrun, court painter to King Louis XIV.  In 2014, at the time of its acquisition, Thomas P. Campbell, then-Director of the Metropolitan Museum of […]