Tag: basilica

Art News Roundup: Springing Eternal Edition

It’s rather curious how some of the most short-lived of living things – flowers – can bring us a great deal of joy and fascination, and indeed hope, when things aren’t exactly hopeful all around us. Case in point, let’s consider one of Florentine Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli’s (1435-1510) most famous works, “Primavera” (“Spring”) (painted sometime around 1480), which currently hangs in the Uffizi … Read More Art News Roundup: Springing Eternal Edition

Art News Roundup: Sweeping Down the Plain Edition

ICYMI, my latest for The Federalist published yesterday, in which I review the new exhibition “Degas at the Opéra” at the National Gallery of Art here in DC. As with everything else in this town at the moment, the museum, and indeed the exhibition, are currently closed. However, as you’ll see if you’re so kind as to drop by the magazine site, the NGA … Read More Art News Roundup: Sweeping Down the Plain Edition

Notre Dame’s Nooks and Crannies

It’s hard to believe that very soon, we’ll be coming up on the one-year anniversary of the devastating fire that nearly destroyed the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre Dame de Paris on April 15, 2019. The good news is that visitors may soon be able to get physically closer to the church than they have been able to do since last year’s devastating fire. The bad … Read More Notre Dame’s Nooks and Crannies

Art News Roundup: We Got The (News) Beat Edition

Now that things are starting to get back to normal around the Fortress of Solitude following a very enjoyable vacation, it’s time to get back to the news beat. Before we get into some art stories of interest, I want to share two links regarding the ongoing reconstruction efforts at Notre Dame de Paris. The devastating fire at the church, which consumed the roof … Read More Art News Roundup: We Got The (News) Beat Edition

Art News Roundup: Saving the Strip Mall Edition

It inevitably proves to be the case that things made by human hands, no matter how utilitarian those things are, eventually become the subject of human study. If you want to learn more about Pennsylvania Dutch barns or Japanese tatami mats, chances are you’ll find that someone, somewhere, wrote an academic paper or book on the subject that triggered further investigation and scholarship. It … Read More Art News Roundup: Saving the Strip Mall Edition

Art News Roundup: By the Numbers Edition

Earlier this week, I shared some thoughts about a significant New York Times investigation into the alleged failures of French authorities to adequately address public health and safety concerns during and in the aftermath of the devastating fire at the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre Dame de Paris. Yet despite the negative stories arising from that tragedy, there are also positive tales to tell. Among them is … Read More Art News Roundup: By the Numbers Edition

Parisian Paralysis: A Major Investigative Piece on the Notre Dame Fire

For those of you following the ongoing controversies surrounding the devastating April 15th fire at the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre Dame de Paris, I direct you to a major investigative piece published yesterday by the New York Times. After conducting dozens of interviews, and having obtained access to a number of confidential government documents, the Times alleges that “French authorities had indications that lead exposure … Read More Parisian Paralysis: A Major Investigative Piece on the Notre Dame Fire

Making Mies Happen: The Allure of Unbuilt Architecture

Although Modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) has been dead for nearly fifty years, one Midwestern city is about to become home to perhaps the last building of his ever to be built. In 1952, Mies was commissioned to design a building for the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington. Although plans were submitted to the University for approval, the project never … Read More Making Mies Happen: The Allure of Unbuilt Architecture

Art News Roundup: Teaser Trailer Edition

As you may have seen on social media yesterday, my colleagues at The Federalist very kindly asked permission to reprint Tuesday’s blog post, in which I reflected on the devastating fire at Notre-Dame de Paris. It was a rather difficult piece to write, and involved several hours of initial scribbling in one frame of mind, a phone call to an old friend who helped … Read More Art News Roundup: Teaser Trailer Edition