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Cooking the Classics

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The Secret History of Art writes regularly for several food magazines, including Honest Cooking and Fine Dining Lovers.  Here’s a roundup of the last few articles on food and culinary… More ›

TED Talk on Leonardo

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The Secret History of Art recently did a second TED talk, this one at a TEDx Salon on Leonardo da Vinci.  The video of the talk, entitled “Leonardo da Vinci and the Treasure Hunt… More ›

Leonardo & the Treasure-Hunt Instinct: TED Talk

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The Secret History of Art is giving a TED talk at a TEDx Salon in Ljubljana, Slovenia today.  The Salon opens an exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci.  The talk will be held at the National Conference… More ›

Inside the Masterpiece: “Majestat Batllo”

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Perhaps the most important work of medieval Catalonian art, this monumental crucifix is particularly astounding for its intricate painting.  Understandably, it is more difficult for wooden sculptures… More ›

Interview: Stephen Greenblatt on Writing

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The Secret History of Art’s weekly interview for The Daily Beast, called How I Write, features his talks with fellow writers about the writing life.  This week we spoke to the great Stephen… More ›

Ghent Altarpiece in LA Times

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The Secret History of Art has an Op-Ed article in today’s LA Times about The Ghent Altarpiece and the beautiful new Getty digital imaging project that allows it to be seen in miraculous detail.

Famous Fakes: the James Ossuary

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The Secret History of Art has a new podcast episode available, the second half of a two-part podcast on Fake Religious Relics that began with a discussion of perhaps the most famous proven religious… More ›

The Simpsons, at 500, vs Woody Allen

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When I was a college undergraduate (Colby, if you’re keeping score), I wrote an article for the school newspaper praising The Simpsons for its combination of high and low humor, jokes for the… More ›

Getty makes Ghent Altarpiece Zoom

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The Getty just announced that their 1 billion pixel, ultra high-quality digital image of van Eyck’s “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb,” the Ghent Altarpiece, is available to view online…. More ›

5-Minute History of Valentine’s Day

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We tend to think of Valentine’s Day as a “Hallmark holiday:” an excuse to sell flowers, chocolates, and cards depicting cartoon birds, hearts, and teddy bears.  To ask someone if they will be… More ›

Mystery Paintings Course in Rome

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The Secret History of Art just returned from teaching a course at American University of Rome (AUR) entitled “Mystery Paintings.”  The course was taught over three consecutive days, for a… More ›

In Praise of Patrick Leigh Fermor

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The British writer, adventurer, war hero, linguist, and otherwise fascinating individual Patrick Leigh Fermor passed away this summer.  The Secret History of Art recently read the first two books… More ›

Martin Kemp on Lost Leonardos

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My colleague (and editor) at ArtInfo recently published an excellent, extended interview with the great Oxford art historian, Martin Kemp, who is the world’s leading Leonardo scholar.  The long… More ›