Category Archives for Art

Ignore the Critics; See Monuments Men!

Ignore all the negative reviews, ignore even the abysmal 34% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If you love art, see The Monuments Men.  From the opening close-ups of the Ghent Altarpiece, it is clear that The Monuments Men is a different kind of war movie, involved not … Continue reading

15. February 2014 by Ginia Sweeney
Categories: Art, Michelangelo, Movies | Leave a comment

Museums Should Be Free

For the past few months, I have been working in the interpretation department of a museum. It is the role of our department to think about how visitors interact with artwork, and create tools—text, audio guides, games, etc.—to make that … Continue reading

02. September 2013 by Ginia Sweeney
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The Catholic Church’s Modern Art

In the Vatican Museums, after viewing the splendor of the Raphael Rooms and on the way to the Sistine Chapel, visitors must make their way through a maze of hallways and rooms that includes the “Collection of Modern Religious Art.” Anxious … Continue reading

22. February 2013 by Ginia Sweeney
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George W. Bush’s Shower Painting

When I saw George W. Bush’s leaked paintings, I was surprised to be so strongly reminded of early David Hockney. The two above works, for example, employ not just the shower motif but a similar use of flatness. (It’s questionable whether … Continue reading

09. February 2013 by Ginia Sweeney
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On Art Objects and Intimacy

I cleaned the Governor’s nose today. I teased a small piece of cotton off a large sheet, rolled it around a stick, and dipped it into a solvent that is slowly, very slowly, removing the layer of shellac from the … Continue reading

23. January 2013 by Ginia Sweeney
Categories: Art, Conservation, Grad School, Michelangelo | Leave a comment

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