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.

As an art historian I’m a passionate amateur. I love looking at art, thinking about art, and helping other people have a blast looking at it, too. I offer private tours of New York City art, post regularly on art-related topics (see the Obsessions tag cloud at lower right), and have a stack of books and essays on Amazon, on this site (in reverse chronological order), and on ForgottenDelights.com.

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


Many thanks to my sponsors on Patreon at the $25 level: Adam Reed and E.M. Allison. Want to be added? See my Patreon page, where rewards include a fourth art-related recommendation every week, high-res image downloads (samples here), your name on this webpage or in my next book, and a one-on-one tour. The Patreon video intro is also on YouTube.

What shall we talk about?

Here are the sort of questions that fascinate me:

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