Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World in AP World History

In preparation for my NEH Summer Institute last summer, Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Culture through the Arts, I received a package in the mail. This package contained your usual welcome forms and letters along with a book of poetry and a DVD, Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World. I decided to plop down [...]

AP Art History Hunting in Vatican City

Although Vatican City is surrounded by Rome, and therefore Italy, it's technically another country so that's why I have separated it from my post on AP Art History Hunting in Rome. But when you visit Rome you would be dumb to not also do Vatican... Make sure to do your research about visiting the Vatican Museums [...]

AP Art History Hunting in Rome, Italy

Rome literally has the mother-load of pieces from the AP Art History curriculum (Paris & London are probably the only other cities that can complete). You can spend your entire time in Rome searching for the 250 and luckily they line up with the other cool tourist things to do too. FYI, technically speaking Vatican [...]

Feliz Noche Buena!

Christmas Eve is the big day for my family (& many Hispanic families) so we will be celebrating at my godmother's house with a feast. Like on all good holidays, I will probably be enjoying myself too much to take pictures so enjoy some memories from the ghost of Christmas past! Read more: Celebrating “La Befana” [...]

#95. The Virgin of Guadalupe

Art Historical Background Before understanding religious imagery you have to first understand the religion's doctrine and secondly understand the historical context in which the image was created. For example a painting of Jesus has a very different meaning in 4th century Rome than it does in 20th century America. And so it is with the [...]