Not unlike Grandma’s curio cabinet, a 16th- and 17th-century ‘cabinet of curiosity” was filled with a collector’s treasures. Although a small collection might have been laid out in a drawer, or arrayed on shelves, the term cabinet originally was defined as a room rather than a piece of furniture (think water closet and the Italian equivalent, gabinetto). It […]
A Day and A Half in Tampa
Tampa’s downtown riverfront has bloomed in the past decade or so, with the splendid Riverwalk connecting museums, parks, restaurants and other attractions. Slip on your walking shoes and head out for a day of history, art, terrific food options and people-watching. Rivers were essential to the commercial viability and growth of cities, and from the […]
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 […]
The Art History of Cars
A collection of 20th-century cars traces ways automotive design — like all good design — reflects changing cultural needs and aspirations.
Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment
Long inspired by nature, artists have used their creative voices to call for the preservation of land, to bring awareness to environmental issues, and to encourage active stewardship of the earth. […]
San José Bell — Cast of Copper and Silver and Gold
In the oldest church in America is the San José Bell, said to have been commissioned in Spain in 1356. It was virtually undamaged when it crashed 50 feet to the ground from the bell tower in 1872. A miracle? Or just a superb metal alloy? […]
Discover the Oldest Church in the U.S. — San Miguel Chapel, Santa Fe, NM
The Oldest Church in the US reminds us that, although ours may not be as “fancy” as the great cathedrals of the Middle Ages or the Baroque churches of the Catholic Reformation, the stories they tell of generations past are equally fraught with sacrifice and suffering, hope and faith. […]