This evening scene celebrates the peace and prosperity the Dutch were finally enjoying after 80 years of war with Spain. But don’t be fooled by its bucolic vibe. The backstory of its ownership is something straight out of Indiana Jones. We’ll find out why the cow is a Dutch icon and the clever way one … Continue reading River Landscape with Cows – Aelbert Cuyp
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This enormous, dramatic painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo focuses on the emotional homecoming in the Biblical story of “The Prodigal Son” in which youth and money make a bad combination. Murillo painted this as one of eight paintings for a charitable hospital in Seville and we’ll find how the king of Spain’s top official tried … Continue reading The Return of the Prodigal Son – Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
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Welcome back for Season 2! I’m starting off with one of the Gallery’s greatest hits, the portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci by Leonardo da Vinci. It’s the only painting by Leonardo in America! We’ll explore this unusual two-sided work, find out the story behind the strange combination of plants on the back and even learn … Continue reading Portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci by Leonardo da Vinci
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Hey everybody, I just wanted to let you know I’m hard at work on Season 2! We’re going to start off with one of the Gallery’s greatest hits, the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in America. The new season will start in August, so you can listen at the beach, at the pool or … Continue reading Hiatus Update from Karen
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So we’ve reached the end of Season 1! The show will go on hiatus while I review, assess and prep for Season 2. I hope you’ve been enjoying the show and maybe even tried some long looking yourself. Thanks to all of you who’ve taken time to listen and subscribe, I appreciate your support. I’ll … Continue reading 12 End of Season 1
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Joseph Mallord William Turner was quite a painter and quite a character. He’s described as vulgar, uncouth, unsophisticated and cheap. And yet, he became one of England’s most beloved artists through his groundbreaking vision and skill. We’ll see how his interest in the Industrial Revolution and love of the natural world come together in … Continue reading 11 Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Moonlight – Turner
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Hi everybody! Just wanted to remind you all that Slow Art Day is this Saturday, April 14! If you’ve been listening to the show, you know that Americans on average, spend about six to 10 seconds looking at works of art in museums and the slow art movement encourages people to slow down and spend … Continue reading 10 Slow Art Day is Here (Almost)!
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This gelatin silver print by American artist Charles Sheeler is one of several images he created while experimenting with the modernist ideas he’d discovered in the breakthrough work of artists like Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso. We’ll find out how these experimental images, created in an old country house in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, led to Sheeler … Continue reading 09 Doylestown House-The Stove – Sheeler
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This sunny, warm painting is a welcome relief in this miserable March. Skiffs is one in a series of young men boating by Gustave Caillebotte who was a lesser known Impressionist painter until a beautiful 2015 exhibition at the National Gallery. We’ll find out about his relationship with his fellow Impressionists, his killer art collection … Continue reading 08 Skiffs – Caillebotte
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This warm and welcoming self-portrait by Dutch master Judith Leyster is a gallery favorite. Join me while I talk about how this remarkable woman accomplished what few women artists did in her time only to disappear from history until an English court case began her revival. We’ll discover the reason why her impractical outfit served … Continue reading 07 Judith Leyster Self-Portrait
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Today, I’ll be looking at “The Railway” by Édouard Manet. This enigmatic painting has fascinated viewers since its creation in 1873. Set in a rapidly modernizing Paris, the work raised loads of questions (and critics’ hackles.) We’ll find answers to some of the mysteries and (just like in “The Mill” episode) discover something I’d never … Continue reading 06 The Railway – Manet
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Today, I’ll be looking at “Blue Morning” by George Bellows. Bellows lived and worked in New York at the turn of the 20th century and studied under artist Robert Henri (pronounced Hen-rye). His classmates included John Sloan and Edward Hopper. “Blue Morning” may have been inspired by Henri’s call for his students to paint the … Continue reading 05 Blue Morning – Bellows
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In this belated holiday episode, I’ll be looking at another favorite of mine, “The Annunciation,” by Jan Van Eyck. This complicated and fascinating painting illustrates the Biblical story of the Archangel Gabriel’s arrival to announce to Mary that she’s been chosen to bear the son of God. We’ll talk about how this innovative painter wove … Continue reading 04 The Annunciation – Van Eyck
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Today, I’ll be looking at Mary Cassatt’s “The Boating Party.” This large painting represents a big break in style for Cassatt. She was one of the few American Impressionists in Paris as well as one of the few American women working as professional artists. She’s best known for her intimate domestic scenes of mothers and … Continue reading 03 The Boating Party – Cassatt
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Today, I take a long look at Jean Honoré Fragonard’s “Young Girl Reading,” part of his famous series of “Fantasy Figures.” Or is she? Join me while we find out and explore the mystery of the woman lurking underneath. SHOW NOTES “Young Girl Reading: A Hidden Portrait Revealed” https://www.nga.gov/features/fantasy-figures-identified/hidden-portrait.html “Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures” https://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2017/fragonard-the-fantasy-figures.html Slow … Continue reading 02 Young...
In this episode, I’ll be looking at Rembrandt’s “The Mill,” a long time favorite of mine. You can find a larger version on the gallery’s website. Look for the zoom tool on the page which allows you to magnify and pan around the image. We’ll find hidden figures and hear about the controversy that surrounded … Continue reading 01 The Mill – Rembrandt
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