Columbus Monument at Columbus Circle

This essay is adapted from Chapter 35 of Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide.  I’ve kept cross-references to other chapters in the book. Outdoor Monuments has been "translated" into a fabulous app…

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Politics and Portrait Sculptures

This essay is available as a printable PDF and as a video. Feel free to share! In the past few months, sculptures in Charlottesville, Baltimore, New York, and elsewhere have been…

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Prometheus at Rockefeller Center, by Paul Manship

This essay is adapted from Chapter 28 of Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide.  I’ve kept cross-references to other chapters in the book. Outdoor Monuments has been "translated" into a fabulous app that…

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Looking at Drawings: An Introduction (4)

The first part of this essay includes an introduction and a section on drawings for study. The second part is the beginning of the discussion of drawings as compositional studies…

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Musee d’Orsay, Paris (Five Favorites Series)

The Musee d'Orsay opened in 1986, in the former Gare d'Orsay in Paris - a Beaux Arts stone-and-steel railway terminal. The museum mostly houses French painting, sculpture, furniture, and photographs…

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Looking at Drawings: An Introduction (3)

The first part of this essay includes an introduction and a section on drawings for study. The second part is the beginning of the discussion of drawings as compositional studies…

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Art Deco Evolution

To illustrate this post, I went yesterday to take photos of the reliefs in the lobby of the Chanin Building. From the full length of the lobby (a city block…

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Looking at Drawings: An Introduction (2)

The first part of this essay includes an introduction and a section on drawings for study. 2nd type of drawing: Drawings as studies for paintings Susanna and the Elders, ca.…

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