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.

Bundle Up For These 8 Art-Historical Snow Scenes

It may be December, but there’s no snow in sight–at least for us. We don’t know about you, but here at the Art Docent Program, we could use a snow day. And since there’s no winter weather on the forecast … Continued

Discover Mary Blair’s Magical Concept Art

If we name a classic Disney film, odds are that a particular image from that film will come to mind. Alice and Wonderland might bring to mind a girl glancing up at a caterpillar smoking on a toadstool, while Peter … Continued

Art on Film: The Secret of Kells

Last week, we looked at the Book of Kells, a 9th-century Irish manuscript so rich it has inspired generations. Today, we’re continuing our focus on the Book of Kells with a recent family flick inspired by the manuscript–The Secret of … Continued

Fall in Love with the Book of Kells’ Intricate Illuminations

Are we getting more medieval here on the Art Docent Program blog? You’re not wrong–thanks to a summer class your author took on medieval manuscripts, she can’t wait to share her new medieval art-historical knowledge with you. In our next … Continued

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

Artist Spotlight: Annie Leibovitz

Over the past two months, you’ve gotten to hear about a few of the artists included in our new units for the 2020 school year. (Robert Smithson and Constantin Brancusi, to be exact.) In the next installment of our summer … Continued