Strike a Pose: Quick Bite

Today on Museum Quick Bites we’re tripping the light fantastic beneath a star-studded sky. On display at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Lajos Mack’s posh ceramic vase (c1900) features a cast of fashionable ladies-with-an-attitude striking a pose.

Mom: Quick Bite

Mother’s Day is on the horizon and today on Museum Quick Bites we’re celebrating moms with a look at George de Forest Brush’s Mother and Child (c1897-1900). With rosy cheeks and wispy curls framing their faces, this adorable pair is timeless.

Cracklin’ Rosé: Reboot

Dear Readers – COVID-19 has put the kibosh on travel among many, many other things so today I’m diving into the archives. As we do our part to practice social distancing and flatten the curve, please enjoy this reboot of Cracklin' Rosé, originally posted on February 1, 2019. Note, readers in North America had just endured a frigid polar vortex.

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…

Put a Ring on It

Today on Museum Bites we’re breaking out the bling and trying on some rings. The ancient Egyptians were the first to decorate their digits and during the past several millennia rings have ranged from the austere to the outrageous. Join me for a brief look at three unique examples. We begin with a goddess…

Up in Smoke

Take a deep breath because today on Museum Bites we’re striking a match and lighting up some incense. This ancient form of aromatherapy dates back to the Egyptians and has been used to call forth the gods, chase away demons, offer up prayers, purify a room, honor ancestors, enhance meditation, and so much more. I’ve come across a variety of incense burners on my museum travels. Join me for a closer look at three delightful examples. We begin by rolling back the clock to the 6th century…

Winter Magic

Today on Museum Bites we’re kicking off the New Year (new decade!) with a taste of winter magic. Join me for a closer look at three paintings that capture the splendor of our chilliest season. We begin in Norway…

Fancy Feast: Reboot

Pull up a chair because today on Museum Bites we’re setting the table for a fancy feast. We’ll sample whimsical tableware that will dazzle and amuse. During our tour, we’ll melt over butter, pay homage to mustard, and get into a pickle. We begin by rolling back the clock to the late 18th century…

Mirror, Mirror

Greetings Museum Biters! Today we’re taking a moment to reflect on mirrors. We use these ingenious devices to primp and preen, capture photos, navigate through traffic, view the heavens, and craft dazzling works of art. Join me for a brief look at three glittering examples of mirror art. We begin with a star…

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…

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