You are what you wear? Studies of fashion play a key role in understanding historical social and cultural structures, as demonstrated by Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America, a current exhibition at the Blanton Museum of Art.
Courtier, boudoir aficionado, jailbird, and escape artist, Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798) was the perpetual motion libertine of Enlightenment Europe. He wrote what is probably history’s most salacious tell-all, Histoire de ma vie (Story of My Life), recounting all he did, and, to the delight of art lovers, some of what he saw.
On October 7, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, welcomes a traveling exhibition that the organizers deem to be the first of its kind: a major survey of hunting and fishing in American art from the early nineteenth century to the start of World War II.
Built by a Hungarian, named for an eighteenth-century house he owned in London, lent after his death to a museum in Berlin, and now residing at the Dallas Museum of Art—the Keir Collection of Islamic Art is the epitome of global cultural exchange even before you consider its contents.