The Blog

I have been blogging for over a decade, and my blog has grown into this website. Here you will find articles on homeschooling, Art History, and more…

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Art History

Lent – Penitence and Preparation

We are entering the season of Lent this Wednesday, March 6th. Although many Christian traditions no longer observe Lent, I’ve found preparing for the celebration of Easter deepens the experience. Combining my research in art with Lent I’ve been working to create a Visual Lent Devotional. I’d like to invite you to join me on

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Frames and Pedestals, They Matter!

Our first impression of a piece of art is greatly influenced by how the work is displayed and by what surrounds it. Making the effort to consciously take note of these elements can increase our ability to read a work correctly. A closer look at a few sculptures will illustrate just what I mean. Before

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Art History

Botticelli’s Venus and Mars Explained

Botticelli’s Venus and Mars is both beautiful and humorous. Mischievous satyrs, clear bright colors, hidden symbols, and missing legs all deserve a closer look so let’s get started.  Botticelli’s paintings of mythological stories are among his most famous. Botticelli’s Venus and Mars is telling the story of the illicit love affair between Venus and Mars.

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Art History

Vision After the Sermon

This is Paul Gauguin’s painting called Vision After the Sermon.  Gauguin was a post-impressionist French painter who painted this work in 1888. Heavily influenced by Japanese print making and primitive art, Gauguin felt European art lacked the substance and symbolism found in primitive cultures. He often spoke of himself as a ‘savage’ and claimed that

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Art History

Meet Genda, The Rhinoceros Behind Durer’s Famous Print.

In 1515 an Indian rhinoceros was gifted by Sultan Muzafar II of Gujarat to the governor of Portuguese India. Genda, the rhino, had been living in captivity for some time before she began her world travels. Small zoos, called menageries, which housed exotic animals were popular with nobility, and gifting a magnificent animal was a

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