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The Art of Revolutions

Of all the things to get me out of bed before 7:30 on a Saturday morning, you can bet a conference discussing the intersection of art and revolution would be near the top of the list. Hosted by the American Philosophical Society, this conference expanded on the concepts unearthed when putting together the Curious Revolutionaries, or the Peales of Philadelphia, exhibit.

I missed the keynote on Thursday night and the first day of paper presentations on Friday so I was only present for the Saturday sessions and the closing remarks. But that was ok because I had more space to digest the paper abstracts that were presented. Afterwards, descendants of the Peale family were to donate more artifacts or papers to the American Philosophical Society, but if it happened, I missed it as I was caught up in sandwiches and discussing Alternate/Virtual Reality and it’s potential impact on smaller museums.

*quick note: my only information was from the panel presentations. I have not read the full text of the papers presented.


A full program of events can be found at the event page of the APS’s website:

You can watch the segments live at this link: https://boxcast.tv/channel/wvm92bbypnromwbykzup


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Curious Revolutionaries

In my previous post on the MoAR, I had included a picture of some life sized figures, one of whom was solicitously wrapping another in a blanket or jacket. It was a depiction of Charles Willson Peale belatedly recognizing his own brother, and the picture’s caption was something about how much I adore Mr. Peale (hereafter known as CWP).


From the MoAR

Why do I like CWP so much? That is an excellent question. Perhaps it was because I was thrilled when I could consistently put a name to the artist behind all those portraits, which are done in a style I find generally attractive.

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Books!: The Forger’s Spell

One recurring theme of this blog and/or my interests is the looted art of World War 2. I’ve read books and watched movies and even trained my internet history to find me articles related to this subject. (I say that I trained my internet, which is a lot less creepy than saying the internet is stalking me.)

Thus, one day I was at the public library (tbh that’s how many of my life’s adventures begin) and I found this book on a Dutch art forger who swindled the Nazis and made a fortune. The book is called The Forger’s Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century (2009). Even better, the book predates The Monuments Men book (2013), thereby also predating the movie, which meant it existed before the Nazi Art Thing was a thing.


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Hi guys.

I am cleaning out my browser tabs. I have this habit of opening tabs and letting them sit around. This can be good because it helps remind me to get to them in the future and sometimes it’s bad because it’s super embarrassing. (Like when I go to Starbucks to be productive and the first tab that’s open is Tumblr …. yeesh.)

Half of the tabs are things that might make interesting blog posts. But I have this issue. When I first started this, I was afraid I might not have enough content. Now I find I have too much! It’s like a Goldilocks problem. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just the probability that I’m posting as it happens grows slimmer and slimmer …

So imma link them here and you can make of them as you will. These are things I find as I traverse the internets that catch my fancy. I think Facebook/Google is on to me now so the targeted ads are … much more specific. My other browser, however, still thinks I’m a 35year old American Veteran with PSTD from a farm in Eastern Europe.

And without further ado, may I present the articles:

Germany: Looted Matisse belongs to Jewish Family – The Matisse was part of the “degenerate art” hoarded by a Nazi art dealer that was discovered last year in a Munich apartment. Yay provenance researchers!

How to Make an Office Supplies Crossbow – You can get pretty good mileage from putting a paperclip onto a rubber band before shooting it, but this is artistry. I would, however, recommend not using the ink cartridge as a projectile and instead substituting a coffee stirrer straw. Much less lethal.

Vets, visitors flock to Normandy to remember D-Day – June 6 was the 70th anniversary of D-Day, where American forces brought truth, justice and apple pie to the shores of France. It was kind of a big deal because it’s a major anniversary and most of the vets are in their late 80’s-mid 90’s. It’s probably one of the last major anniversaries veterans will be able to attend.

Marilyn Monroe’s World War II Drone Program – Apparently then-Norma  Jeane helped assemble vintage-era drones. They say the photograph is originally in color.

The Most Highly Decorated Chaplain in U.S. Military History – Who knew? Something interesting, considering many people forget about the Korean War.

Knitting patterns: Socks, socks, hat. Yes, I’ve been looking for historical knitting patterns. Don’t judge.

Star Trek: the Final Frontier – A blog about putting together this comic? I was looking up, alternately, Bajoran and Ferengi costumes from Star Trek: Deep Space 9 and came across this. I find this interesting for the redesigns and explanations.

Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Campaign – The brainchild of LeVar Burton, the goal of this is to bring the tv show Reading Rainbow back to children through digital means. This also gets into the net neutrality debate, which I don’t know enough about to explain here.

I hope you enjoy these links. Please don’t kill anyone with a crossbow. Aim for non-vital parts of the body. Coming soon, I hope, are posts on Civil War Discussion Group, personal D-Day events, and that time I went to Fredericksburg over Christmas? Don’t forget, I was into Civil War first.



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Monuments Men Musings

On Saturday evening, my brain hit a wall with homework. I was sick and tired of staring at a screen and doing homework so … I located The Monuments Men movie online and watched it. By staring at a screen. C’est la vie.

As previously stated, this movie was based off of the book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History which was written by Robert Edsel back in 2010. I highly recommend the book for a number of reasons. For one, Edsel is not a scholar so his writing has much more of a narrative flow than most history books. There are even scenes in the book that so moved him or amused him that he recreated dialogue between the various characters to better set the scene. In his first foray into this fascinating topic, Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe’s Great Art – America and Her Allies Recovered It (whew! what a mouthful!), Edsel successfully framed the entirety of World War II as Hitler’s desire to acquire all the arts, and the Monuments Men book expands on that, with more words and less pictures.

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A Monumental Man

This past Wednesday, I got to meet Robert Edsel!

[ silence ]

Who is Robert Edsel?  He’s the author of all those Monuments Men books, on which the movie is based.

You know, the movie where George Clooney and Matt Damon have to save all that art from Hitler?

Ah yes, now I see I’m getting somewhere.

Some background on this:

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Nazi Art Stash Found in Munich

STOP THE PRESSES.  This is like, woah!

Ok, let me back up a little bit.

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