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Art History for All

23 EpisodesProduced by Allyson HealeyWebsite

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… read more

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Episode 22: Gilded Gingerbread

December 24th, 2019


An icon of the head of John the Baptist (c. 1680) from Yaroslavl is the focus of this last episode of 2019, prompting a discussion of how Russia has been viewed across history.

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Episode 21: A Paintbrush in Her Hand

November 25th, 2019


Indigenous Canadian artist Daphne Odjig’s painting Bathed in Sunlight (1983) and the larger story of Odjig’s career prompt us to think about Native art and how it is (or isn’t) included in the mainstream contemporary …

In Focus: Conservation Horror Stories

October 31st, 2019


It’s Halloween 2K19 and Allyson is sharing a very specific type of horror story–art conservation horror stories! Listen in, and then share your own …

Episode 20: Big Odalisque Energy

October 28th, 2019


There are lots of different types of bodies in the world, but artist Fernando Botero focuses on the rounder kind–in this episode, Allyson tells you about Botero’s 1998 painting L’Odalisque, and talks about how it …

Episode 19: The Casco and the Yacht

October 1st, 2019


Allyson discusses Filipina artist Anita Magsaysay-Ho’s Girls with Baskets (1966), and how colonialism, class, and global politics affect even the …

Episode 18: As Much Worker as Woman

August 26th, 2019


Allyson discusses Myra Albert Wiggins’s The Lacemaker (1899, Portland Museum of Art), workin’ hard for the money, and types of labor that we might not see as labor. This one’s for you, needleworkers!

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Episode 17: First Lady to Travel Over Sea

June 25th, 2019


Esther Mahlangu’s Untitled, 2008 has simple geometry, but a complex context–Allyson talks about its connections to commerce, soccer, and… BMWs? 

© 2019 Allyson Healey

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Episode 16: Invasion of the Night

May 27th, 2019


It’s a mind-bending episode as Allyson guides you through Roberto Matta’s surreal mental landscape, Invasion of the Night (1941), and explores its …

Episode 15: Compared to Rocks and Mountains

April 29th, 2019


Allyson guides you through the eleventh-century Chinese handscroll painting Summer Mountains, (北宋 傳屈鼎 夏山圖 卷) by little-known painter Qu Ding (屈鼎).

Episode 14: Happiness and Color

March 26th, 2019


Allyson teaches you all about québécoise painter and stained glass artist Marcelle Ferron, whose windows at the Champ-de-Mars Métro station in Montréal are a unique example of public art.

© 2019 Allyson Healey

Episode 13: Namatjira’s Creek

February 28th, 2019


In this episode, Allyson goes down under and discusses the life of Albert Namatjira, his watercolor painting Catherine Creek, Northern Territory

Episode 12: Wrecked

January 29th, 2019


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 …

Episode 11: Suspended on a Golden Chain

December 24th, 2018


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, whether …

Episode 10: A Sketch of Native American History

November 26th, 2018


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, the earliest English-language account of Iroquois history.

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Episode 9: Fiends, Frankenstein, and Fuseli

October 29th, 2018


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 art …

Episode 8: In Memory of Malcolm

September 24th, 2018


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 …

Episode 7: Painting of Interest

August 27th, 2018


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 the painting itself.

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Episode 6: Fly Like An Eagle

July 30th, 2018


Get your shutter fingers ready, because in this episode we’re talking about a photograph! Specifically, Laura Aguilar’s Three Eagles Flying (1990). …

Episode 5: Hip to Be Square

June 21st, 2018


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 the beginning of modern art. 

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Episode 4: Do the Wave

May 19th, 2018


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 …

Episode 2: Why Oh Wiley

March 14th, 2018


In this episode, Allyson gets topical and talks about a Kehinde Wiley painting–but maybe not the one you think!

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Episode 1: For the Love of Mona Lisa

February 13th, 2018

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 …

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