Looking at Drawings: An Introduction (1)

This essay was written in 2005, when the Metropolitan Museum of Art had a wonderful exhibition of drawings by Peter Paul Rubens. That one's long gone, but if you're in…

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Ingres, Princesse de Broglie (Metropolitan Museum Favorites, 20)

Tucked away in the triangular Lehman Wing, at the far west side of the Metropolitan Museum, is one of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres's most stunning portraits. Its subject is wealthy, aristocratic beauty…

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Painted Greek Sculptures

These comments were originally posted on the Harry Binswanger List in 2003, in response to a discussion on whether Greek sculptures were esthetically inferior because they were painted. I've added…

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Booker T. Washington

My favorite short story by Dorothy Canfield Fisher is "The Washed Window," which centers on Booker T. Washington. Fisher's story was published in 1955, forty years after Washington's death. I…

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Daniel Webster (Central Park, New York)

This post is adapted from the forthcoming Guides Who Know app on Central Park. Fame ... The national reputation of “the god-like Daniel” dates to 1830. Two years earlier, no…

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