The many questions surrounding Jan Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait

This post was originally published June 6th on The Artstor Blog, The many questions surrounding Jan Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait. It's a fantastic art history blog if you are interested, make sure to follow! Also, this is a great article about an image from the AP Art History 250 image set. All images in this blog [...]


Student Series! Journey of the Book of Kells

The Book of Kells is a well-known illustrated manuscript and one of the most famous medieval Christian pieces of art. It contains the Four Gospels of the New Testament in Latin and has been claimed to be “the work of an angel” (Gardner’s Art Through the Ages). Also known as Leabhar Chemannais, the Book of [...]

Painting Techniques in Art History

There are a million ways to make art, one of the most popular though time has been painting, but even within that category there are a few different options. The ones that appear most often in the AP Art History Curriculum are: fresco, tempera, & oil painting. Fresco Frescos are the preferred method of antiquity, especially [...]

Book Review! Rashi’s Daughters series

In honor of the start of Passover tonight, I've got a medieval Jewish book review! I was first introduced to this wonderful trilogy by my Jewish roommate in college (the same one who introduced me to Purim) and I picked up the other two books quiet recently in preparation for my units on Medieval Europe [...]

Student series! Two Medieval Manuscripts

I love it when I have old or current AP Art History students in Humanities, because they inevitably write awesome posts that are linked to by AP curriculum. JMF An illuminated manuscript is specifically a manuscript in which the text is supplemented by the addition or decoration. Most manuscripts were written on parchment and made out of animal [...]

Student Series! Stained Glass and Gargoyles

Sweeping, grand buildings once completely ruled the skylines of medieval Europe. Even to this day, they stand out among modern buildings as pure solid pieces of beautiful art. We've all heard of pointed arches and flying buttresses, but what about the stained glass windows that brought a stunningly ethereal aspect to Gothic buildings, and what [...]

Writing & Art

Writing can be the art itself, or it can accompany the art, assisting in its interpretation and narrative. Utilizing writing in art allows the informed audience to add a deeper layer of meaning to the piece. The Vienna Genesis (below) is an example of writing complementing the art in which the writing coincides with the vignette shown. [...]