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Women's (Art) History Month 2021 I

Monday, March 8, 2021 | Karl Cole

Although there are records of women artists from antiquity, women artists between the 1400s and 1700s in the West were either considered anomalies or miracles. The advent of artists' guilds during the ...

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Another Art History Myth Busted

Monday, March 9, 2015 | Karl Cole

I’m sure you are all familiar with the refrain we hear in art history books about the differences between the Renaissance in Northern Europe and Italy. Well, to put it mildly, the idea that the ...

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Early Renaissance Sculpture

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | Karl Cole

Just this week, I became reacquainted with this BEAUTIFUL head from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, probably from Flanders/Burgundy. Being half-Swiss I naturally gravitated in college to the study of t ...

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The Brueghel (Bruegel) Family

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 | Karl Cole

Having ancestry in northern Europe (Switzerland), I naturally gravitated toward Northern Renaissance art in college. I’m particularly fond of Flemish artists, because they reflect a similar unva ...

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Illuminated Manuscript Obsession

Monday, March 4, 2013 | Karl Cole

I’ve posted about manuscripts previously, because I LOVE THEM! That love has since extended to myriad cultures around the globe that produce such artworks. Therefore, in this post I won’t ...

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National "Something" Month IV: Books

Monday, January 28, 2013 | Karl Cole

Rounding out our “national something month” is National Book Month. You can probably imagine that I would not feature just a run-of-the-mill book for this blog. I choose instead one of the ...

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Oil Painting in Italy

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 | Karl Cole

I really love the Philadelphia Museum of Art, especially the monastery-like room in which I saw this painting displayed. I also really like getting the side-eye from this guy, because this artist is o ...

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New Acquisitions: Treasured Books

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 | Karl Cole

I’ve really admired the work of manuscript illuminators since I went to the Newbury Library at the University of Chicago while in grad school. I got to actually hold some of these precious works ...

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Importance of Portraits II

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 | Karl Cole

Throughout the history of art, there have been artists, who, although they did not have a long career, established themselves as a master of a genre. That is true of early Italian Renaissance master s ...

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Northern Renaissance Engraver

Monday, November 9, 2009 | Karl Cole

I like showing you works from the Renaissance period in Northern Europe. This is partly because my mother was Swiss and I wrote my master’s thesis about a Swiss Renaissance painter (yes, Switzer ...

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