About Dianne L. Durante

I’m an independent scholar and freelance writer /lecturer on art and art history, with forays into food, history, politics, and publishing. My most recent projects are *Innovators in Sculpture¸* a survey of 5,000 years of art in two hours, and *Monuments of Manhattan,* a videoguide app by Guides Who Know that’s based on my book *Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide.*

Saint Gaudens’s Robert Louis Stevenson (Metropolitan Museum Favorites, 17)

Knowledge is never wasted except on those too lazy to use it: Augustus Saint Gaudens produced exquisite portrait reliefs throughout his career using skills he learned at age thirteen, as a cameo-cutter. One of Saint Gaudens’s most popular portrait reliefs shows Robert Louis Stevenson, the … Continue reading

And what if you’re backing the wrong horse? (Hamilton Musical, 58)

Ratification, celebration, fortification, condemnation, procreation. For the Constitution to take effect, nine of thirteen states had to ratify it. By late May 1788, eight states had done so: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, and South Carolina. Rhode Island … Continue reading