Never Forget: Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

Historical fiction is a great way to learn about the past but with empathy, allowing the reader to enter into the interior lives of the characters, for them to feel alive. Thus here are my suggestions of books to read to learn about a crucial period of history, the Holocaust.

That’s Amore: Raphael’s Love Life

Raphael’s love life has been a source of fascination since his untimely death, from the sixteenth-century biographer Giorgio Vasari to my own coauthored novel The Sidewalk Artist. While Raphael was undoubtedly engaged to a cardinal’s daughter, Maria Bibbiena, he never married her and many have speculated that the great love of his life was La … Continue reading That’s Amore: Raphael’s Love Life

Raphael: The Latest on the Renaissance Artist

More news continues to straggle in about the upcoming 500th anniversary of Raphael's death and related ephemera (though long may his art live). Perhaps the biggest dispatch to recently emerge from the art history world is the determination that the Haddo Madonna in Scotland was likely NOT painted by Raphael. The painting was examined by … Continue reading Raphael: The Latest on the Renaissance Artist

Top 10 Plaques – Newfoundland

I recently had the pleasure of spending a week in Newfoundland, which became a Canadian province in 1949. Jutting into the Atlantic from the most northeastern point of North America, The Rock dazzles both with its natural beauty and unique cultural heritage, half Canadian/half British Isles. With the soundtrack to the hit Broadway musical Come … Continue reading Top 10 Plaques – Newfoundland

Major Update on Raphael @500!

I guess the universe was listening because yesterday Google alerts sent me a major Raphael update in the form of an article just published in The Art Newspaper, "After Leonardo, the spotlight is on Raphael for the 500th anniversary of his death next year." Thankfully, several Raphael retrospectives are in the works in time for … Continue reading Major Update on Raphael @500!