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Art of Libraries

Monday, April 20, 2020 | Karl Cole

April 20th through 27th is National Library Week. We all like libraries. Like museums, they have such a special ambience. In order to celebrate that in an art historical manner, let’s look at so ...

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Women's (Art) History Month 2020 I

Monday, March 2, 2020 | Karl Cole

Since this year is the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted women the right to vote, it is especially fitting to observe Women’s History ...

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The Artistic Legacy of Conquest, part 2

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | Karl Cole

This week's look at Spanish Colonial art continues, inspired by the exhibit Highest Heaven, currently on view at the Worcester Art Museum. ...

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An Ode to "Swiss"

Monday, November 18, 2013 | Karl Cole

I just returned from a week in Switzerland to visit family. Walking through their churches—stripped of all sculpture, painting, and Biblical stained glass because of the Reformation’s frow ...

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Fashion and Society

Monday, August 5, 2013 | Karl Cole

I’ve talked about fashion relating to politics. This entry will relate to society at the time of one of the most outlandish periods in fashion: France in the 1750s through 1780s during the reign ...

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Something Completely Different

Monday, March 1, 2010 | Karl Cole

I am a big admirer of artists who produce porcelain. I don’t own any, but I sure love to see examples in museums. Porcelain was first produced in China in the first millennium CE and in Japan in ...

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Puerto Rican Colonial Art

Monday, September 14, 2009 | Karl Cole

In the US we tend to think of John Singleton Copley, John Smibert, and Charles Willson Peale when the words “colonial art” come up. There is, however, another rich and fascinating world of ...

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Spanish Colonial Portraiture

Monday, February 2, 2009 | Karl Cole

When we think of portraiture in the “New World,” we usually tend to think of John Singleton Copley and Charles Willson Peale in the US. However, there was a thriving artistic milieu in the ...

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