Recent and upcoming projects. Central Park: The Early Years, published 2017. Nathan Hale image for Patreon subscribers. Parrish’s River at Ascutney, from an upcoming talk/book on artist-entrepreneurs. Leonardo’s Woman with Ermine, from an upcoming book on innovators in painting. Stele of Aristonautes (image Marsyas / Wikipedia), from an upcoming book on Greek art and philosophy. Alexander Hamilton: A Brief Biography and Alexander Hamilton: A Friend to America (2 volumes), published 2017..

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 who need and enjoy such art, but who don’t have time to search for it themselves. As an independent scholar, writer, and lecturer, I focus on art history and history, with forays into food, history, politics, and publishing.

For my publications, see Amazon, the Books and Essays page of this site, and ForgottenDelights.com. I also offer private tours of New York City art.

Sunday Recommendations

Every week I send out a list of three art-related suggestions. My top pics from 2017 are in this post. To join the Sunday Recommendations list (free!), email DuranteDianne@gmail.com. NOTE: I do not share my email list with anyone, ever.


Subscribers at $5 per month on Patreon receive four recommendations weekly, plus access to a compilation of all recommendations to date. Subscribers at the $10 level also receive, every month, a digital image of a sculpture with an inspiring quote (suitable for printing at 8 x 10″). Subscribers at higher levels receive even more goodies. The Patreon video explains what I do, why I do it, and what’s coming next. (The video is also  available on YouTube.)

Many thanks to my sponsors on Patreon at the $25 level: Adam Reed and E.M. Allison. 

What shall we talk about?

Here are the sort of questions that fascinate me:

Come on a tour and ask all the questions you like!

Keep in touch

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