Cabinet of Curiosities

At the end of every research week I have an assortment of interesting bits I find on the web, but have nowhere to share them. Creating this small post gives me a depository for extra information that I can share with my readers.



“Art Tasting with Julian:” The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City has started a new monthly conversation designed to loosen up ways of looking at art for the public. Museum director Julian Zugazagoitia wants to “deepen the experience of the core group of regular visitors and make it relevant to those who haven’t been coming.”

The Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens will be showcasing “Wedding Belles; Bridal Fashions from the Marjorie Merriweather Post Family, 1874-1958.” If weddings are not your interest, the museum has a Russian collection with a research library, rare Russian books, Faberge eggs, porcelain, a chandelier once belonging to Catherine the Great and a crown worn by Alexandra at her wedding to Czar Nicholas II.

Aleksander Ivanov’s painting “Apparition of Christ to the People,” is available on the Google Art Project. Amit Sood, the visionary behind this groundbreaking effort, shared his purpose, “I think standing in front of the painting as it was supposed to be seen, as intended by the artist, cannot be replaced.” His inspiration has brought to the world the best second choice.

Vatican Splendors displays 170 works from the Vatican on its final stop at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Two gilded, wooden angels from the workshop of Bernini, a 15th century cross from mass processionals, Pope Pius XI’s throne, and a reliquary rumored to contain the bones of St. Peter and Paul. The exhibit is multi-sensory with a touchable cast of John Paul II’s hand.

Great Blogs!

All Things Considered from author Gina Collia-Suzuki has recent posts from her trip to the Vatican. Her photos from this trip are tremendous!


Patrick Baty, owner of Papers and Paints in England, shares his fascination with architecture, paint and history. The story of Carlton House was of particular interest.

Stuff You Missed in History Class written by Sarah Dowdey gives short reports filled with detail on a variety of topics. Her piece on Caravaggio had an image from the Hulton Archive/Getty Images depicting the feisty artist that I had not seen before.

That is all for this week, but if you have any suggestions for museums that have online exhibits or great history blogs, please feel free to share them with me in the comments box below.


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