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Hard to beat Japanese metal work

In considering the magnificent oeuvre of Peter Carl Fabergé, I may have given the impression that his creations are my favorite goldsmith’s work.  In Western Art, that is probably true.  Though Fabergé did Slavic pieces, he is really in [Read More]

September 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sounding off on art collecting

If you can find something, like antique Japanese scroll paintings, for instance, that can still be acquired fairly cheaply (well, at least until recently – Westerners are not used to rolling up and switching out our paintings), and you genuinely [Read More]

August 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Who Wrote Shakespeare’s Plays?

The important thing to recognize about Shakespeare scholarship is that it is an industry.  Scholars know that they gain fame and academic clout by “discovering” things in Shakespeare.  If they edit textbooks, they even make money, which I, [Read More]

July 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Movies and tasty dialogue

    A Man for All Seasons, which was for a long time my favorite movie, has for a number of years been challenged by Babette’s Feast.  Before that it may have been The Graduate, though that was the occasion of my most serious blunder in [Read More]

February 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Great appeal to ‘The Crown’

Given the praise for The Crown, I signed up for Netflix to watch it.  It is too early to weigh in after only a few episodes, but I can already see why Stuart Varney of Fox Business News confessed to binge watching the series.  As an Anglophiliac [Read More]

February 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Still life

  The mention of Zurbarán in my last essay leads me to recall another Zurbarán masterpiece, The Crucifixion in the Art Institute of Chicago.  When I went to see the Art Institue with my cousin, a true art maven, she was entranced by a [Read More]

December 20, 2017 // 0 Comments