Articles

Posted 11/02/15

The Seductions of Budapest

It is easy to succumb to the beauty of Budapest, Hungary's capital city, which straddles the legendary Danube River flowing down from Germany out to the Black Sea. High on a hill on the Buda side stands the Buda Castle, erected on the ruins of former royal palaces going back to the thirteenth century. It is answered across the river in Pest by the Hungarian Houses of Parliament, an immense Gothic pile of pinnacles modeled after London's Palace of Westminster (Fig. 2). Hungary's Parliament is just one of the grand architectural monuments built during Budapest's heyday at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries—a period of peace and economic prosperity after centuries of foreign rule.

Posted 10/15/15

“As seen through the work of women”: The New Hall Art Collection at Cambridge University

Art pilgrims intent on making Cambridge, England, their destination should extend their journey beyond the university's majestic Fitzwilliam Museum and its old masters and Kettle's Yard, the fey modernist cenacle of British art between the wars, to include the New Hall Art Collection at Murray Edwards College, one of three exclusively women's colleges at the University of Cambridge. Unknown to many Cambridge students and faculty, and a substantial number of British art historians and critics, the college has collected and exhibits more than four hundred works of art by women. It is the most significant collection of its kind in Europe, and the second largest public collection of women's art in existence, surpassed only by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., which houses some forty-five hundred objects.

Posted 09/25/15

Speaking Through Wood

"The Civil War has left its mark on two important pieces of vernacular furniture acquired by the Wadsworth Atheneum"

Posted 09/24/15

One Off

"There has never been another artist like George Caleb Bingham"

Posted 09/03/15

Bringing back the WAM!

The exhibition of an important collection of folk art at the Worcester Art Museum this summer gives us the opportunity to draw attention to the renaissance of a great museum in a city that is also busily being reborn.

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