Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Art History Carnival December 2010

Welcome to the December 1, 2010 edition of the Art History Carnival!

As the year draws to a close, I am struck by the art history community's growing online presence. When I started this blog back in 2007, I was surprised by the paucity of art history blogs on the net. I'm sure there were plenty of people out there blogging, but in those days it was difficult to find blogs unless they were ranked highly by search engines. I started the art history carnival as an attempt to connect to others with an interest in art history. A casual glance at those early carnivals will give you some indication of how few submissions I received back then! When I brought the carnival back this September, I could immediately tell how much things had changed. Over the past few months I have consistently received informative and engaging submissions. I was also pleased to have the November issue of the carnival hosted by Monica at Alberti's Window(thank you again, Monica!).

Art history - and the humanities in general - clearly have a growing presence, not only in the blogosphere, but also in new social medial like Facebook and Twitter. The art history community is thriving on Twitter, as evidenced by Dr. Ben Harvey's recent post examining the impact Twitter on art history Art History in the age of Twitter, posted at his academic blog Emanata, at Mississippi State University.

H Niyazi often uses his blog Three Pipe Problem to draw attention to the way the web can function as a transformative tool for the arts. His recent post Online Collaboration in the Humanities examines how RSS feeds and Twitter have changed the way we connect with each other to share ideas and inspiration.

It's a whole new web 2.0 world out there, and if things can change this much in three years, I can't wait to see what the future holds for the online art history community!


In this guest post for Arttrav, architectural historian Agnes Crawford takes us on a fascinating tour or the Chapel of Saint Zeno at Santa Prassede in Rome.The Chapel of Saint Zeno at Santa Prassede: mosaic revival and survival is posted at

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H Niyazi explores the theme of the mystical landscape in Romantic art in Caspar David Friedrich and the Primordial Landscape posted at his art history blog Three Pipe Problem.

Art historian Monica Bowen, author of Alberti's Window explores the impact of art history blogging as a viable medium for teaching, collaboration and engaging the general public in her post examining art history bloggers as "les ind├ępendents."

Just in time for Hanukkuh, Helen Webberley has written a beautiful post on Jewish silver art: filigree work posted at her blog ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly. She writes that "many communities that could not, for various reasons, create large scale architecture, paintings and sculptures; nonetheless they could still create beautiful, small art objects. For Jewish communities after the expulsion from Spain in 1492, the art was often on religious books and ritual objects. And the medium was often silver filigree."

Susan Benford from Famous Paintings Reviewed - An Art History Blog takes her readers back in time to the art of the Aztec empire in Art History Beyond Europe: Coatlicue. This post takes a closer look at the somewhat terrifying Aztec statue of Coatlicue, a figure revered by the Aztecs, discarded by the Spaniards and revived by Frida Khalo and the Mexicana movement. It's a fascinating saga!

For a bit of fun, Corinne Reidy has created a list of the 10 Most Imitated Artists of All Time posted at Web Design Schools Guide. Can you guess which artists made the cut?

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Public art is seemingly everywhere, but it's abundance can also make it easy to miss. I've often been in towns I thought I knew well, only to one day "discover" a mural that I never existed before. Apparently, I'm not the only person who's had this problem! Will from Mural Locator has developed a Map of Murals to help people locate murals around the world. "Our goal is to find locations of amazing public art wall murals to share them with you and to help archive the history and importance of murals. We connect with artists, muralists, and art foundations to expand the knowledge of art." What a great idea!

Have you ever wondered about the size of the stolen art industry? (As fan of CNBC's American Greed, I confess I have). For those of you who are slightly skeptical of some of the wilder statistics on art theft that are thrown around, Mark Durney has done a post Art Theft: The 6 Billion Dollar Question that takes a closer look at where the numbers come from.


Paul Doolan reflects on the life and works of Pablo Picasso after a visit to the museum in Picasso Visits Zurich, Again posted at ThinkShop.

Finally, a humorous musical treat in time for the holidays. Read a tribute to the Danish pianist and humorist in Piano Humour: A Victor Borge Tribute posted at Piano Street's Classical Piano Blog.

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H Niyazi said...

Hi Margaret! What an honour to be selected amongst such wonderful company.

A couple of new blogs to check out again as well - I'm really looking forward to reading Susan's Aztec piece.

Thanks for all your work on the carnival Margaret!!

Kind Regards
H Niyazi
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Benjamin (Ben) said...

Thanks very much for including me, Margaret. What great company!

Since our pieces are so complementary, it's especially nice to see that H's illuminating post on "Online Collaboration..." has also been selected.


susan benford said...

Hello, Margaret --

I, too, am honored to be included in the Carnival, and will alert my blog readers about all its resources. Thanks for your help in creating a stronger online presence for art history...

And as to Curlicue and Aztec art, I was stunned to discover that Albrecht Durer was profoundly impressed by this culture's artwork - another indication that he was far ahead of his time!


Margaret said...

@H Niyazi - My pleasure! I was so pleased to receive so many wonderful submissions and nominations this edition. Thank you for nominating so many great posts.

@Benjamin - Two (or many more) heads are so much better than one, and that is what online collaboration is all about, and it makes tools like Twitter an invaluable resource. It is a joy to have the chance to learn from all the fabulous art historians that are toiling away online!

@Susan Benford - I really enjoyed your post! Durer was so far ahead of his time. They had an exhibit of his work here in Edmonton a few years back, and after learning about his work, I'm not all that surprised he was influenced by Aztec art.

M said...

What a great carnival for this month! It really is fun to see how the online presence for art history is expanding. As you can tell from many of these posts, we are thinking about what we can do to collaborate even more...

Thanks for including me! I look forward to reading (and re-reading!) the posts that have been included.


Hels said...

Margaret, you said you were sure there were plenty of people out there blogging, but in those days it was difficult to find blogs unless they were ranked highly by search engines. Yes indeed.

I am still at the national Art History conference in Adelaide. Two separate blog readers came up to me and said they had read my work only through your Art History Carnival.

Well done and thanks for the enormous reading tast you set yourself!

Anonymous said...

I hope Art History becomes better to find. In my early days of bloging I made a lot of use of people's lists on their blogs to find other blogs I liked. There didn't seem to be a better way.

Thanks for popping in Margaret. I hope you and your family are enjoying the season.

Margaret said...

@Monica - Thanks! It is amazing how much the profile of art history on the web has expanded over the past few months and years.

@Hels - I hope you had a great time at the Art History conference. I'm so glad to hear that the Art History Carnival is helping to connect writers and readers.

@Melanie - Thanks. It's good to hear from you!

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