Why does an artist need a model? (Part 2)

A member of my email list recently asked: In rereading The Fountainhead I was reminded of something I’ve long wondered about, in the story of Steven Mallory’s sculpture using Dominique as a…

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French Aid to the United States, 1775-1781 (Hamilton 32)

Back in high school, I was taught that America's alliance with France was crucial for winning the Revolutionary War. Today's question: just what did the French contribute? King Louis XVI didn't love the…

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Why does an artist need a model? (Part 1)

One of the members of my email list recently asked: In rereading The Fountainhead I was reminded of something I've long wondered about, in the story of Steven Mallory's sculpture using…

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Hamilton Tackles Economics, 1781 (Hamilton 31)

On February 16, 1781, after a confrontation with Washington on the stairs at army headquarters, Hamilton resigned from the commander-in-chief's staff. He refused both Washington's apology and his father-in-law's plea to…

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Hamilton Resigns from Washington’s Staff (Hamilton 30)

In mid-February 1781, after four years as Washington's aide-de-camp, Hamilton resigned. The reasons behind this and the relationship between Washington and Hamilton, are the subject of nearly as much speculation…

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Private tours of art in New York City

While you're in New York, why not indulge your love for uplifting art and history by booking a private tour? Each of my tours of outdoor sculpture, Central Park, and the Metropolitan…

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The Lee-Laurens Duel (Hamilton 29)

Months ago, I found John Laurens's letter to Hamilton about General Charles Lee's "infamous publication," and Hamilton's account of the Lee-Laurens duel. But  it took me weeks to find the "strong…

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Poetry from Samantha Reynolds (BentLily.com)

My taste in poetry runs to the old and traditional, but I've found a modern poet whose work I enjoy so much that I'm making my way through her website at the rate of…

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