Art Reads: The Masterpiece

If you’re a frequent flyer here at the Art Docent Program blog, you’ll probably agree with us when we say that art and architecture have the power to connect people across time. It’s one of the many reasons we’re so … Continued

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10 Artist Quotes To Spark Your Creativity

It’s no surprise that artists tend to be some of the most notable quotables. And since discovering how artists talk about their work can often inspire creative people of any sort, we decided it was high time to put together … Continued

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Kids’ Art Reads: Susan Goldman Rubin Writes Fine Art Books for Kids

If you haven’t heard of Susan Goldman Rubin, it’s about time you did. Or perhaps you’ve picked up one of her books and not even realized it: with over 27 books in print, author Susan Goldman Rubin is making fine … Continued

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Art Reads: Girl In Hyacinth Blue

There’s very little that piques our interest like a good mystery. . .especially art historical mysteries. Missing works of famous artists referenced in documents throughout history continue to beguile us centuries later. We yearn to know what happened to these … Continued

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Art Reads: The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt’s latest novel, The Goldfinch, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2014, and it’s easy to see why. Its treatment of art and art history never veers into pretentious territory, and poses deep questions about art itself to its readers, … Continued

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Here’s Where to Read Free Art Books Online

Readers and art history lovers rejoice: your holiday season is about to get much more merry. We have good news for you: Getty Publications, associated with The Getty Museum, has a virtual library where you can check out over 250 … Continued

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Kids’ Art Reads: The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place

You’d probably expect that the author of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler would be able to write more than one stellar book featuring works of art at its center. And that’s true of E.L. Konigsburg. While From the Mixed-Up … Continued

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Audubon’s “Birds of America” Illustrations are Now Online

As the world becomes progressively more digital, we here at the Art Docent Program have been covering more and more stories about art going digital. Collections at places like the Met are now available online, and Google Maps even has … Continued

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You Can Add to this Library of Sketchbooks

The phrase “The Sketchbook Library” sounds like a book title (specifically, the next big Elizabeth Kostova [or, if you imagined hard, possibly Dan Brown] novel. Honestly, it doesn’t matter–either one of those would make for an awesome read.) But for … Continued

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Dr. Seuss: The (Secret?) Surrealist

Looking at Dr. Seuss’s children’s books, it’s either a complete surprise or none at all that the author/illustrator was a surrealist. In each fanciful illustration in his children’s books, we’ve seen only a glimpse of what Seuss, aka Theodor Geisel, … Continued

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