The Shy Museumgoer


it’s polite to stare

Titian, detail of "Venus with a Mirror" (c.1555)
Detail of Titian’s Venus with a Mirror (c.1555)

When we look closely at a work of art, we carry with us something we didn’t have before. We take with us the artist’s view of the world. Why is this valuable? Because it widens our awareness of the beauty and diversity found in nature and history. Thank you for reading The Shy Museumgoer — named one of the “20 best art history blogs and websites to follow in 2023.” I promise to keep adding new stories….

  • Pissarro’s unforgettable conversation

    Pissarro’s unforgettable conversation

    When the Prussian Army marched on Paris in 1870, Camille Pissarro started packing up his family’s belongings and shuttering their house in Louveciennes, a small town near the capital. He could hear the rumble of artillery in the distance. It would be safer to move away than to stay.

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  • Decoding the mysterious art of Paul Klee

    Decoding the mysterious art of Paul Klee

    Unlike Picasso, Paul Klee doesn’t suffer from being taken way too seriously. But maybe it’s time his ideas carried more weight. Klee’s Bauhaus lecture notes contain over 1,200 pages of personal research into color, shape, and pattern that are among the most detailed in art history.

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