Category Archives: 19th century

Blue Hole, Little Miami River

Robert S. Duncanson. Blue Hole, Little Miami River. 1851. Cincinnati Art Museum.

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Imaging Paris: La Liberté guidant le peuple

Eugène Delacroix. Liberty Leading the People. 1830. Louvre, Paris. [Source: Wikimedia Commons]] La Liberté guidant le peuple - 28 July 2023

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Fossil sounds: Listen To The Neanderthal Within

You know he’s in there somewhere, hefting his club, grinding his massive molars on one prehistoric resentment or another. Why listen to Prozac when you can consult your own inner Neanderthal? Anthropologist Robert McCarthy has developed a computer model of … Continue reading

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Monet: Banks of the Seine, Vétheuil

Claude Monet. Banks of the Seine, Vétheuil. 1880. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. See the series: Monet at the National Gallery of Art.

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Fashionista Street: Slip a Strap for Madame X

John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Madame X caused a scandal in its day. The frisson ripples on through John Galliano’s new haute couture creations for Dior. Take a look on France 24. And glimpse Giorgio Armani’s latest bid for fashionista … Continue reading

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Walter Benjamin: Art & Mechanical Reproduction

I’ve alluded several times to Walter Benjamin’s 1937 essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” I cited it as a kind of shorthand for several ideas that I want to explore in a blind flaneur. After … Continue reading

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The Diva’s Diva: Cecilia Bartoli on Maria Malibran

François Bouchot. Maria Malibran. Louvre, Paris [Source: Wikimedia Commons] She was a Spanish diva who was born in Paris. She debuted in London and introduced the first Italian operas performed in New York. In her brief, tempestuous life (1808 -1836), … Continue reading

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