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“I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am.” Gustave Eiffel.

(Paris, Las Vegas.)

Michelle Railey

Less about La Tour's family

In my last piece I added a little about La Tour’s mother and her background which I hope was of interest. But sometimes it is the duty of the researcher to call into question parts of a story which have been repeated so widely as to seem beyond doubt. 1,026 more words

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Two Duke University Press Authors Named MacArthur "Genius" Fellows

We are excited and proud to learn that two of our authors, Kellie Jones and Josh Kun, have been named 2016 MacArthur Fellows.

Kellie Jones is Associate Professor of Art History at Columbia University and author of  225 more words

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Alas, Poor Yorick!

Good morning/afternoon/evening (whichever it is where you are). I am the Art Historian’s Apprentice. Every once in a while, I will make an appearance on this blog. 830 more words


Walk Walk, Fashion Baby!

In honor of New York fashion week, I have decided to introduce you to one of the most fashionable ladies in art. May I introduce Madame X, or Madame Pierre Gautreau if you prefer. 565 more words


French portrait drawings from Clouet to Courbet at the British Museum

I was very much looking forward to this exhibition which is now on at the British Museum until January. There are as you would expect some wonderful sheets which justify a visit (or many). 1,792 more words

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Clown Torture - Bruce Nauman (1987)

Clown Torture – the very title of this work marks the beginning of a viewers’ complicated interaction with Bruce Nauman’s spectacular video installation piece. As a result, before one has even entered the closed dark space, two seemingly juxtaposing words – clown and torture – force ambiguous contemplation; who is being tortured? 413 more words

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