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What I do and why I do it I constantly seek out art that's inspiring, thought-provoking, skillfully executed, and/or beautiful so I can share it (in jargon-free language) with others…

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New in Print: Alexander Hamilton and the Reynolds Affair

Alexander Hamilton & The Reynolds Affair: A Three-Part Moral and Political Tale is now available in print from Amazon. It includes the text from my sold-out talk at Fraunces Tavern…

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Untermyer Fountain, Central Park

Schott, Untermyer Fountain, before 1910. Central Park. Photo copyright © 2019 Dianne L. Durante Also known as the Fountain of the Three Dancing Maidens Date: before 1910 Sculptor: Walter SchottMedium…

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Seventh Regiment Memorial, Central Park
Ward, 7th Regiment Memorial, 1869. Central Park. Photo copyright © 2019 Dianne L. Durante

Seventh Regiment Memorial, Central Park

Ward, 7th Regiment Memorial, 1869. Central Park. Photo copyright © 2019 Dianne L. DuranteWard, 7th Regiment Memorial, 1869. Central Park. Photo copyright © 2019 Dianne L. Durante Date: 1869Sculptor: John…

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Carousel, Central Park

Central Park Carousel. Photo copyright © 2019 Dianne L. Durante New Yorkers might be surprised to learn that not all carousel horses look as fierce as those in Central Park…

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Brookgreen Gardens, November 2018 (5)

Over the next  few months, I’ll be posting photos taken at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, S.C. Although the gardens are not at their most beautiful in November, the sculptures are…

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Painting Before 1300 AD (6): Medieval
Fresco of a lion from San Pedro de Arlanza, ca. 1220. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cloisters. Photo: MetMuseum.org http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/471061

Painting Before 1300 AD (6): Medieval

With the fall of the Roman Empire in the west in 476 AD, life  in Europe became (to use the pithy phrase of 17th-century philosopher Thomas Hobbes), "nasty, brutish and…

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Painting Before 1300 AD (5): Greek

Greek painting is a play that enthralls you with its opening act. Then you discover that the last two acts are missing, and that you can only learn the ending…

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Painting Before 1300 AD (4): Minoan

The paintings of the Minoan civilization, which flourished ca. 2800-1400 BC, are found on Crete and several other sites in the Aegean Sea. They're the first surviving paintings to show…

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Painting before 1300 AD (3): Egyptian

Compared with prehistoric art, which focused on animals, Ancient Egyptian art portrayed a wealth of subjects. The Egyptians covered the corridors of tombs and the walls of temples with row…

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