Art recommendations

If you know me from Facebook or, or have read my books or heard me lecture, you have a good idea of the type of art I like. This blog is more of the same: posts on painting, sculpture, architecture, fiction, and music, with a smattering of other subjects.

For example: when I was planning to visit the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., I wrote a series of posts on my favorite works there – the ones I didn’t want to miss, and the new favorites I found on that visit.  I’m now running a similar series on favorites at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. When I fell in love with the soundtrack to Hamilton: An American Musical, I started posting weekly on that; the first post in the series explains why.

Occasionally I wander off the art reservation, for example to post favorite quotes on advertising and copywriting, or photos of major construction in the New York City area. The tag cloud at the lower right of this page will take you to particular categories.

You’ll find more recommendations on this site’s pages for Painting, Sculpture, Movies,Opera, and Literature.

The books that my kid enjoyed through age 10 have a separate page. So do the games, toys, and music.


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About Dianne L. Durante

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 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. My most recent projects are three volumes on Alexander Hamilton, From Portraits to Puddles, Central Park: The Early Years, Innovators in Sculpture (a survey of 5,000 years of art in 2 hours), and videoguide apps by Guides Who Know. Click on the Books & Essays tab for a list of all books. For upcoming projects, see my Patreon page.


Art recommendations — 2 Comments

  1. Stuart’s “Skater” is gorgeous. I have set him as my computer background. He is so beautifully confident. I don’t know when a painting has so captivated my attention.