ars longa journal : cfp

Ars Longa is a new, independent online journal and blog dedicated to Early Modern art and visual/material culture.  Our aim is to create an open-access, creative platform where early career scholars and advanced graduate students can share their research and current projects.  We present work that challenges conventional forms and categories, that is often open-ended…

The Director’s Choice: National Gallery, London

In keeping with the present spirit of virtual tours and online events, the National Gallery in London offered a unique recasting of its collection whilst its doors were closed to the public. The Director’s Choice originated from a series of weekly emails from the Gallery’s Director, Dr. Gabriele Finaldi, to their supporters in which individual…

Old Masters Today #3

A monthly column featuring mostly lowbrow auction highlights and essential Old Masters news and events. HIGHLIGHTS Originally commissioned by Alfonso I d’Este (1476-1534), this panel (right) was sold at Christie’s and has an absolutely illustrious provenance worth a click to the lot description. The frieze corresponds to a painting at the National Gallery of Art…

After Michelangelo, Past Picasso: Leo Steinberg’s Library of Prints

Clio and Diderot attend (virtually) an exhibition featuring the extensive print collection of the legendary Leo Steinberg at the Blanton Museum, Austin. Having recently visited a few other digital shows, what are your thoughts about the format of this online exhibition?   Diderot: In terms of format, this was the most similar to the MSK’s Van…

April Book Club Selection : Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Welcome to the Ars Longa book club! Each month, we’ll read something–a novel, a book of poetry, a work of creative nonfiction–that touches upon Early Modern themes. Book Club books are strictly non-academic. This is a space to unwind and explore creative approaches to the past. This April, join the Ars Longa book club as…

Reframing the Frick

Clio and Diderot visit the Frick Madison. The official title of the temporary installation is “The Frick Reframed: The Frick Collection Presents Highlights Reconsidered at Frick Madison.” For the next two years, a “selection of highlights” from the Frick collection will be on view in the Breuer building, the former home of the Whitney Museum….

Old Masters Today #2

A monthly column featuring mostly lowbrow auction highlights and essential Old Masters news and events. March, so we meet again. No matter where you are based, we’ve all more or less hit the anniversary of global lockdown measures. While most of us can’t travel due to the pandemic, I’ve looked across the pond to *curate*…

Old Masters Today

A monthly post featuring very subjective auction highlights, irreverent collecting ideas, and essential Old Masters news and events. We recently wrapped up Master Drawings week in NY, which was less breakfast at Sotheby’s and more Morellian connoisseurship IRL. Have you been squinting at the top half of people’s faces and failing to recognize them? Maybe…

What do Leonardo da Vinci and Drew Barrymore have in common? Ever After

By Jamie Kwan If you are a child of the 90’s, it is very likely you watched your fair share of Drew Barrymore movies growing up.  One of my favorites, Ever After, is a social-justice-feminist retelling of Cinderella, with Drew Barrymore as the heroine, now named Danielle de Barbarac.  Watching this for the first time…