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Visit Vermeer at the National Gallery of Art

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry, on now at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is a gorgeous exhibit showcasing over 70 paintings by Dutch masters of the Golden Age, including 10 by Johannes Vermeer (There are... Continue Reading →

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Find Other Leonardo da Vinci Novels

If you're anything like me, you're eager to read Walter Isaacson's upcoming biography of Leonardo da Vinci. But it doesn't come out until October 17th, so what are you going to do until then? To tide you over, here's a list... Continue Reading →

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Meet Monet in San Diego

A couple of weeks ago, I was in San Diego for a book event and stopped by the San Diego Museum of Art (no better way to beat a SoCal heatwave than to spend an afternoon in the museums around... Continue Reading →

See the Top 10 Works at Portland Art Museum

Earlier this month, I spent an afternoon at the Portland Art Museum, and I was delighted by this oasis of art. Around every corner there was a new masterpiece to enjoy... So to help you navigate your way through this... Continue Reading →

Be an Unreasonable Artist

I just started reading Gaudi: a biography by Gijs Van Hensbergen and the opening quote is from George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman: "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world... Continue Reading →

See the Della Robbia Exhibit at the National Gallery

These days, media alerts and anger overwhelm our lives. We're all swimming in the constant noise of distrust, disunity and distaste. All sides seem to be constantly trying to "out ugly" the others. But I recently experienced a wave of beauty that seemed to wash it all... Continue Reading →

Scratching Out a Little Girl’s Dream

Today, the Slovakian translation of my novel arrived. That's two translations so far (the first was Spanish), and my publisher says there are more on the way. Oh, if I could've shown myself this picture when I was seven... or... Continue Reading →

10 Ways Our World is Like the Renaissance

In honor of Michelangelo's birthday today -- March 6th (he would be 542), I've been thinking a lot about the differences between our world and his... but I've also been thinking about the strange, striking similarities between our two eras. It's... Continue Reading →

Read a Great Book on Writing

Yesterday, I taught a Historical Fiction class at the Red Clay Writers' Conference for the Georgia Writers' Association and some of the students asked for writing book recommendations. So, here are some of my favorite books on writing (I have... Continue Reading →

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