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Cézanne Portraits in DC

Have you ever heard the quote, "What others say about you says more about them than you"? I couldn't stop thinking about that quote as I walked through the current exhibition of Cézanne's Portraits at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.... Continue Reading →

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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 →

10 Artists Plagued by Self-Doubt: Lessons from the National Gallery of Art

It's so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas. -- Paul Cezanne I've never had writer's block, but ever since my debut novel Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo has come out (and... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Italian Renaissance Collections in US

As I've been out talking about my bestselling novel (Oil and Marble, art historical fiction about the real-life rivalry between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo), many people have asked where they can see great Renaissance art without traveling to Italy. Well... Continue Reading →

Hear the Painting; See the Music

Ever wondered what a Van Gogh sounds like? Wouldn't it be different from a Vermeer? What about a Picasso? Or a Raphael? When I wrote my bestselling art-historical novel, Oil and Marble, I certainly wondered what masterpieces sounded like to the... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Must See Art in the United States

Think you have to go to Europe to see world-class art? YOU DON'T. You can see jaw-droppingly, mega-famous art in the US of A. In fact, there's so much great art in the States, it's nearly impossible to narrow it down... Continue Reading →

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