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Fashion History all over the Museum

It is not clear what this beautiful 15th century tapestry represents.  It may just...
art history

Fashion History in Art

We have been giving fashion history tours at the Metropolitan Museum for several months...
art history

Why were high foreheads once considered a sign of beauty?

This painting portrays Saint Justina of Padua as a Renaissance fashion plate. The pearls,...
art history

Courtesans and mistresses in art

Elegant women are a huge theme in art history, and people mostly assume, as...
courtesans

Courtesans of Paris tour—in the cemetery!

One of my favorite things to do in Paris—really—is explore the cemeteries. The most...
art history

Nasty Women of the MFA Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is of course one of the world’s great...
art history

Shady Ladies of the Philadelphia Museum

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is not as big as the Metropolitan, and it...
art history

Shady Ladies tour or Nasty Women?

People often ask me what the difference is between the Shady Ladies tour and the Nasty...
art history

The Five Most Powerful Women in the Metropolitan Museum

My esteemed colleague Mary Beard has posted an article about the five most powerful...
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