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Happy Halloween from Boston

Even the monuments get dressed up for Halloween in Boston!

Halloween Paul Revere

Paul Revere on Halloween!

This is the Paul Revere statue from the North End of Boston commemorating his famous “Midnight Ride”.  It looks like he’s dress up as the Headless Horseman from the Legend of Sleepy Hallow.  Very scary!

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Guest the Artist – Old Church Edition

I liked playing “Guess the Artist” last month so I have another good one for you.

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old church painting

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Bernini’s Rejected French Sculpture

st peters interior, Rome

Bernini created the interior marble facade, canopy and high altar of St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City (Photo: rachel_titiriga, flickr)

Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598 – 1680) should be familiar to visitors to Rome.  He essentially created the Baroque city that we see today producing sculptures, fountains, buildings and the majority of the interior of St. Peter’s Basilica.  Considering that he started creating accurate portrait busts at 14 and continued to work until he was 82, Bernini is deservedly known as a prolific genius.  But did you know that even his work was occasionally rejected? Read more

Back from Spring Break!

As you probably noticed, I’ve been slacking on my weekly daydreaming.  That’s because I picked up last minute, mileage tickets (read: free!) and had only 4 days to plan a whirlwind Spring Break!  I didn’t end up having the city and museum break that I was thinking about, but I had an incredible time!  Lots of new cities and new sights; I even wrapped up some unfinished business from this summer.

I have lots of art and history to share but first let me give you some clues about my trips via a new (well, actually very old) media.

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ArtSmart Roundtable – Trust me, that’s a lion

The monthly ArtSmart Roundtable brings together some of the best art history-focused travel blogs with a post around a common theme.  In honor of April Fool’s Day, April 1, were looking at funny, weird or optical illusions in art.  You can find links below to all the group’s examples this month.  Enjoy!

With zoos and photography, we all know what exotic animals look like and certainly take that for granted.  But what if you lived 500 years ago?  If the you are trying to tell a story that required an animal you’ve honestly never seen before, then what do you do?  Well most artists just made it up!  Whales, leopards, and eagles can all look way off.

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