Giggles at the Gallery (Favorites at Washington’s National Gallery, 17)

Violent disagreement with the driver

Dude, I told you not to get us on the Beltway!

Venetian, Cupid on a Dolphin, late 16th or early 17th century. On loan by the Louvre to Washington's National Gallery. Photo: Dianne L. Durante

Venetian, Cupid on a Dolphin, late 16th or early 17th century. On loan by the Louvre to Washington’s National Gallery. Photo: Dianne L. Durante

Who are you, and what have you done with my cubs?

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Central Italian 15th or 16th Century (Possibly Roman 15th or 16th Century), The Capitoline Wolf Suckling Romulus and Remus, , late 15th - early 16th century, bronze. Washington, National Gallery, Samuel H. Kress Collection. Photo: National Gallery

Central Italian 15th or 16th Century (Possibly Roman 15th or 16th Century), The Capitoline Wolf Suckling Romulus and Remus, , late 15th – early 16th century, bronze. Washington, National Gallery, Samuel H. Kress Collection. Photo: National Gallery

What does Alexander the Great wear to war?

Workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio, Alexander the Great, , c. 1483/1485, marble. Washington, National Gallery, Gift of Therese K. Straus. Photo: National Gallery

Workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio, Alexander the Great, , c. 1483/1485, marble. Washington, National Gallery, Gift of Therese K. Straus. Photo: National Gallery

Whatever he damn well pleases, apparently: or so thought a Renaissance Italian artist.

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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.

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