Monday, August 17, 2009

Heidenkind's Art History Challenge

Thanks to Jemima's post on her blog, The Reading Journey, I discovered Heidenkind's Art History Challenge. Though I'm not usually the "challenge" type (I get antsy if I feel that I have to read a particular book at a particular time - too much like school!), this one speaks to me, perhaps because two of my current reads are in this field. I also like it because the framework encourages digression, of which I am a big fan! So, I will do this one.
The two books I am currently reading are The Memory Palace of Isabella Stewart Gardner, by Patricia Vigderman, and Confessions of an Art Addict, by Peggy Guggenheim, so you can probably see that my theme (at least to begin with) will be art patrons and patronage. But I see Venice? museums? collecting? as potential detours. We shall see.


  1. Wonderful, Lilithcat! I'm happy to have you join my challenge. And art patronage sounds like a great place to start. You could also go into Surrealism with Peggy Guggenheim, or Jackson Pollock--the possibilities are really endless.

    There's a fairly good article (I think it was an article--it might have been a book) about Jewish patronage of Impressionist painters and how that's reflected in their work. I could try to find that if you're interested.

  2. That sounds like a very interesting book, Heidekind, particularly as one of the book I'm considering including is the exhibition catalogue, From Court Jews to the Rothschilds: Art, Patronage, and Power 1600-1800!

  3. I am glad that you decided to join up. I will look forward to your posts relating to the challenge.

    I have given you an award here: