Art History Blogs

Over the course of the semester I’ve been following several art history blogs. I definitely prefer microblogging to long blog posts. I feel that microblogs post more frequently, and have a much larger variety of information that allows the reader to interact with the blog how they choose. That being said with microblogging there is more of a chance to overlook something that is interesting or important, because there is just so many things being presented.

I followed these five history centric blogs this semester.

  1. artmastered.tumblr.com
  2. theartstory.org/blog
  3. muspeccoll.tumblr.com
  4. brainpickings.org
  5. ancientart.tumblr.com

Each blog had great and interesting posts. Art Mastered was primarily modern art paintings, I discovered quite a few new artists which I used on my personal art history blog. But as for actual content, there wasn’t really anything text wise that was interesting or captivating.

The art story was a long post blog. They posted very infrequently. There was only three posts the entire semester. The modern art pilgrimage in the south of France post was very interesting. There were a lot of public sculptures that were really interesting to learn about.

The third one on the list was a special collections library’s tumblr page. They did a fun feature called Caterday where they posted images of cats in historic manuscripts, books, illustrations every week. That was really fun to learn about.

Brain Pickings ended up being not really about art or history. It did have a few history related posts, but it was more like an interest blog, like a smaller buzzfeed. It was fascinating, there were posts on the different types of tears humans cry, and how clouds got their names, and biographies and blog posts on authors, that I didn’t have any experience with so I didn’t really enjoy those.

Ancient art was probably my favorite blog to follow. When it comes to what I’m interested in aesthetically, or what I want field I want to work in in museums, I primarily like modern and contemporary 2D art. However, I love learning about ancient and pre-historic cultures. I wouldn’t every pursue this in the field, and I don’t actually find artifacts interesting when I visit museums, but it was incredibly interesting to learn about. The micro blogging aspect really worked for this blog. There was little bits of information lots of images, and overall it was a really great educational experience. It was really well done and very professional. One of my favorite posts was on pre-historic civilization women, and their role in society. The author noted how the venus statues, were most likely carved by women, because of their shape, They were most likely self portraits of a woman, looking down at her body and carving it. I never thought of those statues that way before and it was really fascinating.

 

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Nikki Reed: First year MA student in Public History. Interest in Digital Archiving, Art History, and Art.

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