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EOW on her Blue Eiderdown II by Frank Auerbach

EOW on her Blue Eiderdown II by Frank Auerbach

The painting EOW on Her Blue Eiderdown II presents us with seductive obscurity. Frank Auerbach was a true romantic and it shows here. This painting may seem blunt at first. But the piece demands a deeper look.

Ms. Behavior – Lady Godiva

Ms. Behavior – Lady Godiva

Folklore and history intersect at the story of Lady Godiva. A noblewoman of the 11th century, she’s still talked about today. That’s because she earned the “noble’ in her title.

Death and Fire by Paul Klee

Death and Fire by Paul Klee

War and Death ruled Paul Klee’s life when he painted Death and Fire. Torn asunder by World War II and a seering case of scleroderma – Klee suffered while painting this. His pain shows.

Nude in the Bath by Pierre Bonnard

Nude in the Bath by Pierre Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard painted four versions of Nude in the Bath. It wasn’t an obsession – just routine. In fact, the habit was not even his. Bonnard’s wife, Marthe de Méligny, loved bath time best.

Michael Malpass – Screaming Medusa

Michael Malpass – Screaming Medusa

Intriguing contradictions infuse Michael Malpass artwork. That may be because the man behind them was also complicated. He delved many themes. For instance, Screaming Medusa stands out among his thematic works.

The Annunciation by Fra Angelico

The Annunciation by Fra Angelico

The Annunciation marks a critical inflection point for Christianity. Keeping that in mind, painter Fra Angelico uses a golden laser beam to direct viewers’ eyes.

Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte

Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte

Paris Street; Rainy Day gives us a slice of life. It’s an unromantic, realistic painting during peak Impressionism. At the same time it captures 19th century Paris with a fresh allure.

Ms. Behavior – Angela Davis

Ms. Behavior – Angela Davis

Angela Davis made history with a powerful and poignant voice. Her work began in the sixties Civil Right movement and continues today. Scholar, activist, writer, and all around badass, she exemplifies strength.

Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel

Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel

Clarity and purpose shine through Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel. Its sharp cold bite make this more than a landscape. But on the most basic level it’s one of the best landscapes ever.

Unconscious Rivals by Lawrence Alma Tadema

Unconscious Rivals by Lawrence Alma Tadema

Cupid’s off to the side in Alma Tadema’s painting Unconscious Rivals. That’s because love plays a mere supporting role in this portrait. But pay no attention to the title, it’s not about rivalry either. This is a painting about friendship.

Serpentine Sculptures – Marc Gibian

Serpentine Sculptures – Marc Gibian

Marc Gibian’s Serpentine Sculptures bring whorling steel tendrils to the Hudson River Esplanade. These three structures are Twister, Offshoot, and Torque.

Snap the Whip – Winslow Homer

Snap the Whip – Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer’s Snap the Whip delights in joyful nostalgia. No matter the life we’ve led, at some point we all had a moment like this. These scampering bare feet sing to us of freedom.

Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

Birth of Venus serves up instant recognition. We’re all familiar with Sandro Botticelli’s masterpiece. But have we looked at it? It’s a birth – messy baby business. But this portrait shows neither mess nor baby, only beauty.

The Old Stone House Brooklyn

The Old Stone House Brooklyn

Kid-friendly and communal, The Old Stone House breaks the House Museum mold. This historic structure keeps it real. There’s no pretension and nothing’s precious.

Fur Traders Descending the Missouri – George Bingham

Fur Traders Descending the Missouri – George Bingham

George Caleb Bingham’s painting, Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, dwells in romanticism. The work reminds us that romance in art takes many forms.

The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even

The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even

Marcel Duchamp’s “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even” has two frames. They create a symbolic opposition that permeates the work.

The Dinner Party – Judy Chicago

The Dinner Party – Judy Chicago

Iconoclast Judy Chicago changed women’s history. Her extraordinary 1975 masterwork The Dinner Party still speaks volumes. It moves us with accomplishments of women in history

Apollo and Daphne – Antonio Pollaiuolo

Apollo and Daphne – Antonio Pollaiuolo

Antonio Pollaiuolo’s 15th century Italian masterpiece explores the myth of Apollo and Daphne. It’s the classic tale of unrequited love, with a laurel-scented twist.

Green-Wood Cemetery -Brooklyn

Green-Wood Cemetery -Brooklyn

The first time I visited Green-Wood Cemetery, I fell in love. It’s a Brooklyn Historical Marvel. Not only a place to honor death, there’s a lot to do and even more to learn.

Lady With a Drawing of Lucretia – Lorenzo Lotto

Lady With a Drawing of Lucretia – Lorenzo Lotto

Lorenzo Lotto’s lady in an ornate dress refers to the tale of Lucretia from Livy’s History of Rome. Both Lucretias in the painting are bold, though trapped by public opinion.

Death of Marat – Jacques-Louis David

Death of Marat – Jacques-Louis David

Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David proves that Masterpieces have baggage too. This well-known piece speaks to us from the French Revolution. Unfortunately, it doesn’t speak the truth.