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Detail The Flying Dutchman - Albert Pinkham Ryder 1887Albert Pinkham Ryder The Flying DutchmanDetail of fishing boat - The Flying Dutchman - Albert Pinkham RyderDetail from IN THE SEA by Arnold BocklinDetail George Bellows painting - May Day in Central Park 1905May Day in Central Park 1905

Art and Artifice

Last updated November 10, 2021


"Ryder Comes Home"

New Bedford Whaling Museum and Albert Pinkham Ryder

Albert Pinkham Ryder at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Massachusetts.


Art Institute of Chicago fires all the volunteer Docents

Why were they fired?

Despite the lack of remuneration—they do this to be helpful and because they love art—their training to be docents is extremely rigorous. First, they have to have two training sessions per week for eighteen months, and then “five years of continual research and writing to meet the criteria of 13 museum content areas” (quote from the docents’ letter to the Director of the AIC). On top of that, there’s monthly and biweekly training on new exhibits. Then there are the tours themselves, with a docent giving up to two one-hour tours per day for 18 weeks of the year and a minimum of 24 one-hour tours with adults/families. Their average length of service: 15 years. There are other requirements listed by the Docents Council in the ChicagoNow column below (first screenshot). Many of the volunteers—though not all—are older white women...

Story at Chicago Tribune [Paywall]

And at Evolution is True


In the Sea by Arnold Bocklin, 1883

Detail from IN THE SEA by Arnold Bocklin

More about In The Sea - Arnold Bocklin

Chicago Art Institute has a page about the painting here

In the Sea by Arnold Bocklin


Trucks at the VMFA Museum August 2021

At the VMFA Museum


"Invisible sculpture" by Italian artist Salvatore Garau sells for $18K

It is literally invisible. Story at Protothema


Winslow Homer Nets detail

Detail from A Light in the Sea, 1897. Winslow Homer, oil on canvas.

Winslow Homer – Kissing the Moon

Winslow Homer – Breezing Up

Winslow Homer – A Light on the Sea, 1897


Museums open list:

Red Square List Item Louvre Museum - Paris

All visitors aged 11 and up must wear a mask. All visitors, including those entitled to free admission, all must book a time slot.

Address: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Louvre Website

Red Square List Item Tate Modern in London

Timed tickets are required for all visitors

Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK

OPENING TIMES Monday to Sunday 10.00–18.00

Tate Website

Red Square List Item Uffizi Gallery - Florence, Italy

The rules for visiting the museum are at their website in a PDF

Addresss: Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Forence Museum website

Red Square List Item Rijksmuseum Museum – Amsterdam, Netherlands

"Home of the Dutch Masters"

Address: Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands

The rules for visiting the museum , booking an appointment, and prices.

Red Square List Item Prado Museum – Madrid, Spain

Velazquez, Goya, El Greco, Picasso, Titian, Bosch +

Address: Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23 28014 Madrid – 913 30 28 00

Prado Website

The rules for visiting the museum , booking an appointment, and prices (Spanish language PDF. Pandemic restrictions, etc., starts on page 11).


If you ever wanted to own a Da Vinci, here's your chance

July 8, 2021: Leonardo da Vinci's drawing of "Head of a Bear" will sell in London on Thursday.

Article about Da Vinci "Bear" – NBC News

Auction page at Christies



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More art pages in the Archives


Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice - AMAZON Published by Watson-Guptill, 256 pages

Visiting Greece 2021


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