Art History for All
By Allyson Healey
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From art lovers to art haters to art-is-just-okay-ers, Art History for All aims to get all kinds of people thinking about art and what it means to them. Each episode, Allyson Healey tackles a single work of art and its history and larger significance, always asking the question: so what? Art History for All takes you beyond the art historical canon and helps you find the way in which art speaks to you (even if it's never spoken to you before).
||CleanEpisode 13: Namatjira’s Creek||In this episode, Allyson goes down under and discusses the life of Albert Namatjira, his watercolor painting Catherine Creek, Northern Territory (circa 1950), and theContinue ReadingEpisode 13: Namatjira’s Creek||2/28/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Wrecked||Théodore Géricault’s 1819 painting The Raft of the Medusa is part of a larger tangled web of colonialism, incompetence, and disaster. In this episode we getContinue ReadingEpisode 12: Wrecked||1/28/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Suspended on a Golden Chain||Hagia Sophia has had many lives over the centuries: from church, to mosque, to secular museum, it’s always taken center stage in its city, whetherContinue ReadingEpisode 11: Suspended on a Golden Chain||12/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: A Sketch of Native American History||This episode gets a bit obscure and focuses on a single woodcut from David Cusick’s 1828 book Sketches of Ancient History of the Six Nations, theContinue ReadingEpisode 10: A Sketch of Native American History||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Fiends, Frankenstein, and Fuseli||We’re getting spooky in this episode and looking at Henry Fuseli’s 1781 painting The Nightmare, by far one of the eeriest paintings in Western artContinue ReadingEpisode 9: Fiends, Frankenstein, and Fuseli||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: In Memory of Malcolm||This episode is a bit more multidimensional, mainly because we’re talking about a sculpture! Barbara Chase-Riboud’s Malcolm X #3 is titled in memory of Malcolm X, butContinue ReadingEpisode 8: In Memory of Malcolm||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Painting of Interest||The game is afoot as we investigate the theft of Johannes Vermeer’s The Concert–or, more accurately, investigate how that theft affects how we look at theContinue ReadingEpisode 7: Painting of Interest||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Fly Like An Eagle||Get your shutter fingers ready, because in this episode we’re talking about a photograph! Specifically, Laura Aguilar’s Three Eagles Flying (1990). **This podcast contains discussions of lynching,Continue ReadingEpisode 6: Fly Like An Eagle||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Hip to Be Square||Brace yourselves, listeners, because in this episode Allyson gets abstract and discusses Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square, often hailed as the end of traditional painting and theContinue ReadingEpisode 5: Hip to Be Square||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Do the Wave||This episode we dip our toe into the Asian art pool and talk about Hokusai’s Great Wave, its origins, and the many many transformations it has undergoneContinue ReadingEpisode 4: Do the Wave||5/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: In Love with the Rococo||In a very self-indulgent episode, Allyson talks about her favorite period in art history, and one of her favorite artists: Rosalba Carriera, who did aContinue ReadingEpisode 3: In Love with the Rococo||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Why Oh Wiley||In this episode, Allyson gets topical and talks about a Kehinde Wiley painting–but maybe not the one you think! You can find a transcript ofContinue ReadingEpisode 2: Why Oh Wiley||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: For the Love of Mona Lisa||Welcome to the inaugural episode of Art History for All! In this episode, Allyson tells you all about Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and the impact…Continue ReadingEpisode 1: For the Love of Mona Lisa||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
fascinating with a note of whimsy
Speaking as someone with very little background in art history, I found this podcast to be both accessible and fun! The host has a wonderful radio voice and has clearly got a ton of enthusiasm and knowledge of her subject. Plus, writing chops! The jokes were sprinkled in at strategic moments to reel my attention back in, and the storytelling felt coherent rather than just a grab-bag of trivia. The host doesn't just come at it from the art perspective, but also brings in history, gender studies, etc. Sound design was quite professional-- rare for a podcast that's just getting started out! Highly recommended.
Great Info and Potential
I enjoy this podcast and I think I’ve finally found an art history podcast that challenges me and what I don’t know. Thank you Allyson for your careful study! My main critique would be to refresh the music. The theme is nice, but could use some fine tuning. Maybe save it just for the beginning and end, I get confused when it comes on in the middle of an episode. The angelic digital voices could be substituted with a less canned sound. But keep up the good work! I have learned so much!
Very informative with a modern twist
I enjoyed learning more about art history and in an approachable way. Furthermore, Allyson leaves us with points to consider further about the meaning and place of art in our every day lives. 10 out of 10 would recommend. :)