A Tale of Two Presidential Paintings

On the surface, Gilbert Stuart’s Lansdowne Portrait of George Washington and James Rosenquist’s painting President Elect featuring JFK have nothing in common. But both reflect the eras in whichttps://npg.si.edu/blog/gilbert-stuart-paints-george-washingtonh these men were in power–and make a case for the power of art.

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Just 7 Medieval Cats Acting Silly

Last summer, we ran a post featuring a few art-historical dogs during the “dog days of summer.” That post, and the fact that we started this year with a blog post about a cat’s art-historical hijinks, mean that it’s high … Continued

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The Art Assignment Should Be Your (Kinda) New Obsession

Maybe we’re a little late to the party, but forgive us—we’ve recently discovered what might be our new favorite YouTube channel. The Art Assignment by PBS Digital Studios, whose videos are available on YouTube or via their website, is a … 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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Bugs, Snails, & Precious Stones: How 3 Western Paint Colors Were Traditionally Made

Ever wonder how some of your favorite artists created their colors on canvas? It’s only been relatively recently in western art history (that is, around the 19th century) that paints began being mass-produced. Just how did western painters make or … Continued

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This Larger-Than-Life Balloon Art by Huge is a Fun Optical Illusion

It’s graduation season, which means celebrations are in order. However, any well-picked graduation balloons pale in comparison to the gigantic pieces created by street artist Huge. At first blush, Huge’s spray paintings don’t even look like paint. They’re so lifelike … Continued

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Our Top 8 Artistic Gifts for Kids Under $20 This Holiday Season

Scrambling for a gift for the kid(s) in your life that’s a bit more creative than this year’s big-ticket items? Don’t worry: we’ve got you covered! We were inspired Museum Shop Sunday (check out more on this movement here) to … Continued

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Cards for a Cause: Meet Wunderkid

Have you ever considered the sheer amount of greeting cards manufactured in the United States? Unless you’re Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character in 500 Days of Summer, the answer is probably not. We hadn’t: until we heard about Wunderkid, a company that creates a … 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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