Beauty and the Beasts at the Museum of Hunting and Nature in Paris

First I’ll say this. I don’t love hunting and I don’t think I could ever do it myself, even if the species is overpopulated and most parts of the animal are eaten and used. It follows, then, that modern taxidermy disturbs me. Somehow it seems okay, though, and even quaint, when the stuffed animals are hundreds of years old and part of a collection of aging curiosities. Over … Continue reading Beauty and the Beasts at the Museum of Hunting and Nature in Paris

My Top Ten Cool, Artsy Things in Columbus

My hometown, Columbus, is growing and changing all the time. I feel like I’m always just scratching the surface when I visit. I cannot BELIEVE how artsy and fabulous Columbus has become. Every time I come here, I hardly recognize it. And yet it remains a hidden gem, forever stuck with the “cow town “label. Columbus has always had a quirky, unruly side to it. Increasingly, outsiders … Continue reading My Top Ten Cool, Artsy Things in Columbus

The Ghent Altarpiece

Better late than never! This is my travelog about Ghent, Belgium where we saw The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, the most impressive work to come out of the Northern Renaissance. It was also Adolph Hitler’s most coveted work for his Führer Museum in Linz, Austria, which was never built. I learned all this reading The Monuments Men about the Allied military units who tracked down and saved … Continue reading The Ghent Altarpiece

Travelog: German and Dutch Masters and Peter Dreher in Karlsruhe

Greetings and Happy Belated Veterans Day to all! My husband and I spent part of the long weekend in Karlsruhe, Germany, an overlooked, non-touristy gem to the south. We decided on Karlsruhe because of two world class museums there. Karlsruhe is nicknamed the “fan city” because of the fan-shaped, radial arrangement of streets surrounding its eighteenth-century palace. The city itself is very young by German … Continue reading Travelog: German and Dutch Masters and Peter Dreher in Karlsruhe

What Makes a Great Painting?

  Just a quick update this week. Took a little day trip over to Frankfurt Saturday where we finally got to see the Städel Museum, a small treasure trove of Renaissance, Flemish and later Impressionist and modernist work. The place is bejeweled with work by Vermeer, Hans Holbein, Hieronymous Bosch, Albrecht Dürer, and Botticelli. It still blows me away how every European city has a collection the … Continue reading What Makes a Great Painting?