I had great fun appearing on the Yaron Brook show on 8/16/18. It’s available on YouTube at

Yaron’s channel is  https://www.youtube.com/ybrook

We had some technical issues on both ends – I ended up on my husband’s laptop, without the images I’d gathered. Here they are, a belated supplement to the show. (But better resolution than they would have been on video!) NOTE: These are not in the order the appear in the video, but they do all have titles, if you want to search for a particular work.

Sunday recommendations & Patreon

John Singer Sargent. Lady Helen Vincent, Viscountess d’Abernon, 1904. Birmingham Museum of Art.

Michelangelo’s David, 1501-1504 (higher res here)

Michelangelo, David, 1501-1504. Accademia, Florence. Image: Jörg Bittner Unna / Wikipedia

Frishmuth’s Vine, 1921, at the Metropolitan Museum (more here and here)

Works on how to look at paintings & sculptures

I want to be able to get from looking at visual art to stating a theme by myself … and I want you to be able to do it, too. These are my how-to books for sculpture and painting.

Getting More Enjoyment from Art You Love. That’s Anna Hyatt Huntington’s Cid on the cover.
How to Analyze and Appreciate Paintings. On the cover: Holbein’s Thomas More, Vermeer’s Officer and Laughing Girl, Bellini’s St Francis, all at the Frick Collection in New York.

The three essays I wrote on analyzing film are

Outdoor Monuments in NYC

New York University Press published (and the NY Times reviewed favorably) Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide

This is MacMonnies’ Nathan Hale, at City Hall Park (chapter 8).

Frederick MacMonnies, Nathan Hale, dedicated 1890. City Hall Park, New York. For more on this sculpture, see this essay on ForgottenDelights.com. This is a slide from my talk on artist-entrepreneurs. (Stay tuned for a book based on the talk.)

This is Sherman, by Augustus Saint Gaudens, one of America’s greatest sculptors (Outdoor Monuments chapter 31).

Augustus Saint Gaudens, General William T. Sherman, dedicated 1903. Fifth Avenue at 60th St., New York. More in this blog post.

Saint Gaudens’s Lincoln in Chicago – a brilliant work, and yes, much earlier than French’s Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. On the right: a New York sculpture of Lincoln done very soon after his death, and much less evocative of the man.

A great Lincoln and a not-so-good one. Left: Augustus Saint Gaudens, Standing Lincoln, dedicated 1887. Lincoln Park, Chicago. Photo: Andrew Horne / Wikipedia. Right: Henry Kirke Brown, Abraham Lincoln, dedicated 1870. Union Square, New York. Photo copyright © 2018 Dianne L. Durante

An example of a sculpture that requires some knowledge before you might fall in love with it: Daniel Chester French’s America, 1907.

Daniel Chester French, America, 1907. Former U.S. Customs House at Bowling Green, New York City. Photo copyright © 2018 Dianne L. Durante

America is one of a set of four Continents, including Asia, Europe, and Africa. For a discussion of these sculptures as representations of states of mind rather than geographical locations, see Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical GuideHere’s Asia, just to the left of America, which I think represents religion.

Daniel Chester French, Asia, 1907. Former U.S. Customs House at Bowling Green, New York City. Photo copyright © 2018 Dianne L. Durante

Innovators in Sculpture and Innovators in Painting

Innovators in Sculpture. On the cover: Hatshepsut (Egyptian) and Frishmuth’s The Vine, both at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Leonardo, Adoration of the Magi, 1481. Florence, Uffizi Gallery. Image: Wikipedia. Leonardo made at least 2 major innovations in art: this unfinished but extremely influential painting shows one of them.

Impressionists &c.

  • Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, 1884-1886: pic  is here.
  • Monet’s Water Lilies series is here.
  • Monet’s garden at Giverny is here.
  • Works by Kandinsky, who was inspired by Monet’s “series paintings” to paint abstract art, are here.
  • My book on what the hell happened to French art over the course of the 19th century (a look at painting and philosophy) is here.
Seismic Shifts in Subject and Style: 19th-Century French Painting and Philosophy


Mary Ann Sures, “Metaphysics in Marble


A few things we didn’t get to on the show:

Guides Who Know Monuments of Manhattan app
  • I’ve done a series of three book on Alexander Hamilton, which were inspired by Hamilton: An American Musical, but turned into an in-depth look at Hamilton’s life and policies via a deep dive into primary sources. More on those here.

  • Want wonderful art delivered weekly to your inbox? Members of my free Sunday Recommendations list (email DuranteDianne@gmail.com) receive three art-related suggestions every week: check out my favorites from last year’s recommendations. For more goodies, check out my Patreon page.
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