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Happy National Romance Awareness Month: Jalisco Culture, Ancient Mexico

Thursday, August 12, 2021 | Karl Cole

National Romance Awareness Month? Who even knew this existed? Karl, our Art Historian extraordinaire, that’s who! This month, he’ll be featuring some pretty cool art to celebrate. While th ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Ancient Art

Monday, October 12, 2020 | Karl Cole

If you ever study the history of ancient Central and South America, you will immediately become, as I have, completely enthralled with the history of our hemisphere. For the variety of incredibly soph ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Chichén Itzá

Monday, September 21, 2020 | Karl Cole

When you think of ancient cultures that are tip-top interesting, do your minds usually wander to the civilizations of the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome? My idea of tip-top are the indigen ...

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Rethinking Classicism Part 1

Monday, August 10, 2020 | Karl Cole

As a Westerner (and art historian my entire adult life), I have always felt extremely weary of the word “classicism.” One reason I am weary of the word is that it is used as a blanket term ...

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Fabulous Tikal

Monday, October 28, 2019 | Karl Cole

As winter approaches, everyone dreams of vacations again. As an art historian, I have many, many places around the world that I would dearly love to visit, but know that I probably never will. My year ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Mixtec Culture

Monday, September 30, 2019 | Karl Cole

The final post in my Hispanic Heritage Month series features the Mixtec culture. Throughout Mesoamerica, the great cultures of the Classic period (ca. 250–900 CE), the Mayan, Teotihuacán, ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Maya Culture

Friday, September 27, 2019 | Karl Cole

For today’s Hispanic Heritage Month post, let’s look at the Maya culture. The early Pre-Classic Mayans occupied Chiapas in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala until between 400 and 50 BCE, whe ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Teotihuacán

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | Karl Cole

My look at ancient Mexico continues for Hispanic Heritage Month. Teotihuacán, 30 miles north of Mexico City, was by far the largest and most sophisticated city in ancient Mesoamerica, with cult ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Zapotec

Monday, September 23, 2019 | Karl Cole

We’re going to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th through October 15th) with a blog series featuring art gems from a variety of cultures in Mexico. The cultures of ancient Me ...

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It's All in the Details, part 1

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | Karl Cole

Two weeks ago, my brother visited a friend in Rome and he raved about their visit to the recently re-opened—after almost 20 years—early Christian church of Santa Maria Antiqua. It has some ...

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Smoke

Monday, December 5, 2016 | Karl Cole

I happen to burn a lot of incense, because I think it’s nicer than any of those spray products that immediately fall to the floor and dissipate. And who wants a plug-in air freshener that runs u ...

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What Type of Balance? You Decide.

Monday, November 14, 2016 | Karl Cole

I probably shouldn’t be using the word Balance after the latest election. Let’s ignore that by doing some visual exercises. I’m always intrigued with the issue of “balance&rdqu ...

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Survey No. 12: Abstraction

Monday, February 2, 2015 | Karl Cole

In our art history survey, we are now at the end with the 1900s. The big “revelation” in Western art starting very late in the 1800s and flowering in the early 1900s was abstraction. Abstr ...

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Survey No. 2: NOT The Dark Ages

Monday, November 17, 2014 | Karl Cole

The first migration of Asiatic peoples across the land bridge to the Americas began as early, and possibly earlier than 25,000–9000 BCE. By 10,000 BCE, they had migrated as far south as Tierra d ...

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Gettysburg Address and Art of Wartime

Monday, November 25, 2013 | Karl Cole

Last week was the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, a ten-sentence ode to the fallen of the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863, of the Civil War (1861–1865). The death toll was more than 51,0 ...

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Mola

Monday, October 21, 2013 | Karl Cole

Many years ago I was fortunate enough to go to an exhibit of Kuna Mola textile art in Chicago. It blew my mind, because it is very complex. And yet, it is the common textile art form of the Kuna, ...

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