Reframing History: Luisa Roldán

Luisa Ignacia Roldán (1652-1706) is the earliest documented woman sculptor in Spain, recognized by the Hispanic Society museum as “one of the few women artists to have maintained a studio outside the convents in Golden Age Spain.” She was the daughter of sculptor Pedro Roldán and studied in her father’s workshop alongside her siblings. AroundContinue reading “Reframing History: Luisa Roldán”

Reframing History: Lady Elizabeth Wilbraham

Lady Elizabeth Wilbraham is considered by some to be the United Kingdom’s first female architect and a major patroness of architecture during the 17th century. Born into aristocracy in 1632, Lady Wilbraham married Thomas Wilbraham, the heir to the baronetcy of Wilbraham in 1651. During their honeymoon, the couple traveled throughout Europe and Lady WilbrahamContinue reading “Reframing History: Lady Elizabeth Wilbraham”

Death and the Artist

If you know me in person, you know I love Halloween, but I also love the spooky, the macabe, and the mysterious. In the lead up to Halloween, I’ve been thinking a lot about the spooky stuff of art history. Death, witches, ghosts, and the occult are only the beginning to some of the insanityContinue reading “Death and the Artist”

The Father of Art History: Giorgio Vasari

Anyone who has studied Renaissance art history can’t escape one name: Giorgio Vasari. Often described as a “father” of art history, Vasari is best known for his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects. This text, a foundation text of art history, is also the keystone of much of our knowledge (and misinformation!)Continue reading “The Father of Art History: Giorgio Vasari”

Behind the Mosque: The Appropriation of Mosques into Gothic Cathedrals in Reconquista Spain by Claire Sandberg

The construction of religious spaces within a society has long served as an important part in establishing authority and creating a community. As the Muslims conquered Spain, they constructed mosques to mark their authority and rule over the country, creating a Muslim community center. As the Christians reclaimed Spain through the Reconquista throughout the 13thContinue reading “Behind the Mosque: The Appropriation of Mosques into Gothic Cathedrals in Reconquista Spain by Claire Sandberg”

The Heart of Renaissance Art: ‘Paragone’

In academic circles, a word that is inescapable when discussing Renaissance art is paragone. Paragone translated from Italian, generally means “comparison” and this theme of comparison was the backbone for much of the Italian Renaissance. Paragone was a major topic of debate during the early modern period, pitting artists, philosophers, and humanists against one anotherContinue reading “The Heart of Renaissance Art: ‘Paragone’”

New Year’s Gratitude from Renaissance Reframed

I don’t think there is anyone out there who wouldn’t admit that 2020 hit all of us hard, in one way or another. It was a year that saw a global pandemic, protests, police violence, and so much more. While both of us are beyond glad that the difficult year over, we are also bothContinue reading “New Year’s Gratitude from Renaissance Reframed”

An Early Modern Christmas

As Christmas nears, many of us have spent the last few weeks decorating Christmas trees, baking cookies, and wrapping presents in preparation. Holiday traditions such as these have become so ingrained in our modern (Western) society, but what was Christmas like over four hundred years ago during the Renaissance and Early Modern period? This week,Continue reading “An Early Modern Christmas”

Art Gift Guides 2020

The holiday season is upon us once again and if you’re like us, I’m sure you’re scrambling to figure out what to get everyone on your list. This year has been hard enough already, so we hope to make it a little easier by creating these art-themed gift guides! We are also dedicating ourselves toContinue reading “Art Gift Guides 2020”

Studying Art History: Surviving Graduate School

Tip #1: Get by with a little help from your friends It is important to find your community, both in class and outside of it. Remember that the other people in your program are not your competition, but that you are all working toward the same goal! Lean on each other, these people will beContinue reading “Studying Art History: Surviving Graduate School”