Gossaert’s Portrait of a Merchant (Take a Closer Look at Art, 1)

Years ago I heard a great lecturer talk about several wonderful pieces of art. Unlike other lecturers and writers I’d heard, she didn’t discuss the significance of the works for the history of art or the information they could provide about the socio-economics of the … Continue reading

What’s the big deal about Caravaggio? (Metropolitan Museum Favorites, 12)

The Metropolitan Museum is showing “Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio” through January 16, 2017. But before we go beyond Caravaggio, let’s talk about what made Caravaggio himself such a big deal. Here’s The Last Supper, 1592-94, by Jacopo Tintoretto, who was … Continue reading