November Issue of the Art History Carnival

Welcome to the November issue of the Art History Carnival! Thanks to everyone who submitted and nominated entries for this issue. I enjoyed reviewing the wide variety of the posts; I would encourage people to keep submitting material, even if their post/nomination was not selected for this issue. Thanks again for letting me host this month, Margaret!

Helen Webberly from Art and Architecture, Mainly has done a very interesting post on the Vasari Corridor in Florence: “The Real Ponte Vecchio in Florence.”

Zsombor Jékely from Medieval Hungary writes about “Hungarians in the Crusader Castle of Margat.” This post also would have been appropriate under the “Art” category, since Jékely discusses the Western 12th century frescoes discovered at the castle chapel.

Heather Carroll from The Duchess of Devonshire’s Gossip Guide to the 18th Century discusses the story of a stolen Gainsborough portrait of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire: “The Obsession Causing Portrait.”

H Niyazi from Three Pipe Problem suggests a new interpretation for an early Caravaggio painting: “Caravaggio’s ‘Boy Bitten By a Lizard'” 

Susan Benford from Famous Paintings Reviewed: An Art History Blog discusses what she finds appealing in the portrait of Juan de Pareja by Velazquez: “Famous Paintings – Juan de Pareja”

Frank DeStefano from Giorgione et al… gives an interesting discussion on the pentimenti (underpainting) in Giorgione’s Tempest: “Tempesta Pentimenti”

Hermes from Pre Raphaelite Art discusses the subject and mythology of the figure Flora in Waterhouse’s art: “John William Waterhouse: Flora”

Theory and Criticism
David Byron from Baroque Potion explores themes of viewer experience and physical immersion in art and architecture, using Western and non-Western examples: “Immersion”

Danielle Hurd from The Canon asks questions regarding the reception and role of criticism in the art world: “Dishing it out (art criticism, that is)…” 

Museums and Exhibitions
David Packwood from Art History Today explores the role of connoisseurship in the creation of public exhibitions and museum spaces: “Connoisseurship and the Public Eye”

Paul Doolan at Think Shop writes a fun review of a current exhibition at the Beyeler Foundation Museum: “The Beyeler Exhibition: Vienna 1900 – Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Their Time”

Congratulations to all who were selected for this issue. For next month’s carnival, look for forthcoming information on The Earthly Paradise.


Call for Entries: The November Issue of the Art History Carnival

Hello everyone! I am happy to announce that I will be hosting the November issue of the Art History Carnival (a carnival which originated on The Earthly Paradise blog).  The November issue of the Art History Carnival will be posted on November 1, 2010. You can submit articles to be included in the carnival until 48 hours before the issue comes out. Therefore, please submit your entries to me by Saturday, October 30, 2010.

What is an art history carnival?
A carnival is a type of blog event that is dedicated to a particular topic – in this case, art history. Carnivals appear in the form of a blog post, and they include links to the posts dedicated to that particular topic. Carnivals are like magazines: they are published on a regular schedule. This art history carnival is published on a monthly basis.

This blog carnival is a great way for art historians (and those interested in art) to interact. This carnival also helps us to become familiar with the latest research/thoughts of others. Plus, it’s a great way for bloggers to share their information (and blog!) with other people!

What kind of blog articles are included in the carnival?
Posts covering all artistic periods and mediums are welcome, including posts regarding art criticism, architecture, design, theory and aesthetics. These posts should have been written since the last art history carnival (which was published October 1, 2010), to help ensure that our carnival contains current research/information/thoughts. I promise to carefully review each submission.

Who can submit?
Anyone can submit, providing that they have a blog and an art-related post to share! If you don’t have a blog, you are welcome to submit the post of a friend.

Can I host a carnival?
Yes! Please contact Margaret at The Earthly Paradise for more information.

How to submit articles for this edition:
Please email your submissions to me directly ( Your submissions should include the link(s) to the post(s) you are submitting – it is not necessary to include the text of the post(s) in the body of your email.

UPDATE: You may also use the Blog Carnival Submission Form. Margaret updated the form so that the links will be sent to me this month.

I’m excited to read the submissions! Thanks for letting me host the carnival this month, Margaret. Please share the information about this carnival to anyone who might be interested in reading or contributing to it! And if you haven’t written anything interesting for the carnival, don’t despair: you still have about a week before submissions are due. Sit down (like our friend Erasmus, who was depicted by Hans Holbein in 1523 (see above)) and start writing!


Art History Carnival @ The Earthly Paradise

The Earthly Paradise blog (which is a great resource for those interested in Victorian culture and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood) is hosting an art history blog carnival each month, and the first issue was released this morning. I was pleased to learn that one of my posts from Alberti’s Window was selected for this month’s issue. Hooray!

If you are an art history blogger, I’d strongly recommend that you submit a post to be considered in an upcoming issue of the blog carnival. Although I was familiar with many of the blogs and posts in this issue, I enjoyed becoming acquainted with new sites, writers, and ideas. We art history bloggers are so few; I think The Earthly Paradise could help us come together and strengthen our little blogging community.


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This blog focuses on making Western art history accessible and interesting to all types of audiences: art historians, students, and anyone else who is curious about art. Alberti’s Window is maintained by Monica Bowen, an art historian and professor.