Clutter: Quick Bite

Today on Museum Quick Bites we’re sifting through the clutter portrayed in Samuel van Hoogstraten’s Trompe l’Oeil Still Life (c1655). On display at the San Diego Museum of Art, this hyper-realistic painting is a delightful glimpse into 17th century office supplies.

Recreate!

Dear Readers -- My daughter and I took a stab at recreating Artemisia Gentileschi's Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes (c1623-1625--see photo comparison below) as part of the Detroit Institute of Arts #RecreateDIA challenge. It was a lot of fun, especially adding the COVID-19 twist 😉 Hope you enjoy! ~cjverb

Comfort Food: Quick Bite

Today on Museum Quick Bites we’re sinking our teeth into some comfort food with a dash of Dutch flavor. Pieter Claesz’s Still Life with a Pie, Sweetmeats, and Wine Glasses (c1625) beckons us to grab a plate and indulge. Lemons, olives, nuts, a crusty loaf of bread, and a meat pie—its citrusy filling tumbling out—are so exquisitely realistic, it looks as if you could reach in and gobble them up.

Sugar & Spice

Happy Friday! Today on Museum Bites we’re shaking things up and taking a look at antique sugar and spice containers. From salt cellars to muffineers this delightful collection will tantalize your senses. Join me as we shake, sift, sniff, and savor our way through the Mughal Empire to the American Colonies. We begin in India…

Making Merry: Reboot

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at Museum Bites and today we’re celebrating some of the generous gift givers featured in Christmas lore. Santa Claus, Father Christmas, and Saint Nicholas get top billing. But did you know Father Ice, a mischievous farm elf, and a leather-wearing Santa have all played a role in fostering Christmas cheer? Join me for a brief introduction to these festive folks. We begin in the wilds of the American frontier…

Falling Back

Today on Museum Bites we’re getting ready to fall back in time. The season is changing and for many of us, our clocks are too. In celebration of an additional hour, we’re sampling a treasure trove of tickers. We begin in Chicago…

Head Trip

Buckle up because today on Museum Bites we’re embarking on a head trip. I’ve come face-to-face with a lot of skulls on my travels and in the run-up to Halloween and Día de los Muertos, I’d like to share a few favorites. We begin with Cézanne…

Locking Up

Happy Friday! Today on Museum Bites we’re sampling antique locks. These whimsical beauties are not only pretty, they did their part to protect the valuables behind them. Join me for a brief look at three clever locks I’ve come across in my travels. We begin in Amsterdam…

Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Happy Friday! We’re shooting for the stars today on Museum Bites with a tour through the Galileo Museum in Florence, Italy. Named after superstar scientist, Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), this museum is filled with scientific instruments from a wide variety of fields including astronomy, cartography, medicine, meteorology, navigation, physics, and much, much more. There are so many delightful gizmos and gadgets, but such little time. We’ll focus on just three. We begin with a massive sphere that is a colorful mix of both art and science…

Flower Power

Happy Friday! Today on Museum Bites we’re tiptoeing through the tulips. From their humble beginnings in the foothills of Central Asia to the fertile fields of the Dutch countryside, the tulip has a rich and illustrious history. This colorful bloom has traveled the world, influencing ancient Turkish headgear, sparking a financial crisis, and inspiring art and song. We begin with the Ottoman Empire…

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