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ArtCurious Podcast

85 EpisodesProduced by Jennifer Dasal/Art CuriousWebsite

Think art history is boring? Think again. It's weird, funny, mysterious, enthralling, and liberating. Join us as we cover the strangest stories in art. Is the Mona Lisa fake? Did Van Gogh actually kill himself? And why were the Impressionists so great? Subscribe to us here, and follow us at www.ar… read more

85 Episodes | 2016 - 2020

CURIOUS CALLBACK: Episode #44, Shock Art: Goya's Saturn Devouring His Son (Season 4, Episode 5)

February 17th, 2020

20:54

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor …

CURIOUS CALLBACK: Episode #36: Rivals- Turner vs. Constable (Season 3, Episode 5)

January 20th, 2020

32:49

In 19th century England, landscape painting transitioned into being something lovely and comparatively calm, and transformed into a personal and stylistic battleground. Landscape: pristine and idealized, or rough, …

Episode #60: True Crime/Fine Art: Man Ray and the Black Dahlia Connection

December 23rd, 2019

34:01

This season we’re learning that true crime and art history are two genres that have smashed together with some fascinating results. Today’s show: …

BONUS: Listen to Wondery's Bad Batch Podcast

December 19th, 2019

6:04

In Wondery's new series Bad Batch, host Laura Beil (Dr. Death) investigates the multi-billion dollar underregulated industry of stem cell therapy …

Episode #59: True Crime/Fine Art: Eadweard Muybridge, Photo Pioneer and Jealous Husband

December 9th, 2019

30:31

This season we’re learning that true crime and art history are two genres that have smashed together with some fascinating results. Today’s show: a …

Episode #58: True Crime/Fine Art: The Mysterious Death of Ana Mendieta (and #MeToo)

November 25th, 2019

31:58

This season we’re learning that true crime and art history are two genres that have smashed together with some fascinating results. Today’s show: a …

Episode #57: True Crime/Fine Art: Was Walter Sickert Actually Jack the Ripper? PART 2 (Updated)

November 11th, 2019

34:15

This season we’re learning that true crime and art history are two genres that have smashed together with some fascinating results. Today’s show: a …

Episode #56: True Crime/Fine Art: Was Walter Sickert Actually Jack the Ripper? PART 1 (Updated)

October 28th, 2019

34:43

This season we’re learning that true crime and art history are two genres that have smashed together with some fascinating results. Today’s show: a …

Episode #55: True Crime/Fine Art: Caravaggio the Murderer, and Murdered?

October 14th, 2019

32:26

This season we’re learning that true crime and art history are two genres that have smashed together with some fascinating results. Today’s show: a …

Episode #54: True Crime/Fine Art: Otto Dix and the Plot to Kill Hitler

September 30th, 2019

34:57

Welcome to Season 6 of the ArtCurious Podcast! This season we’re learning that true crime and art history are two genres that have smashed together …

BONUS EPISODE: Meet Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

July 22nd, 2019

25:13

We’re back for a bonus episode related to one of our “shock art” shows this past season: who is really responsible for creating the infamous urinal readymade, Fountain? Welcome to one of the art world’s latest scandals, …

Episode #53: Shock Art: Courbet's The Origin of the World (Season 5, Episode 7)

June 24th, 2019

37:58

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor …

Episode #52: Shock Art: Balthus' Thérèse Dreaming (Season 5, Episode 6)

June 10th, 2019

25:19

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor …

Episode #51: Shock Art: Gericault's The Raft of the Medusa (Season 5, Episode 5)

May 27th, 2019

28:21

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor …

Episode #50: Shock Art: Duchamp's Fountain (Season 5, Episode 4)

May 13th, 2019

28:01

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor …

BONUS EPISODE: Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop LIVE Q&A at the Alamo Drafthouse

May 6th, 2019

29:15

BANKSY! Love him or loathe him, he’s a contemporary art dynamo, an icon of street art success. He’s also an enigma, a playful mystery. Last week-- on …

Episode #49: Shock Art: David's The Death of Marat (Season 5, Episode 3)

April 29th, 2019

29:40

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor …

Episode #48: Shock Art: Eakins' The Gross Clinic (Season 5, Episode 2)

April 15th, 2019

25:12

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor …

Episode #47: Shock Art: Caravaggio's Sick Bacchus (Season 5, Episode 1)

April 1st, 2019

24:03

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor …

BONUS EPISODE: The Wild and Wonderful World of Weegee

March 18th, 2019

37:59

In this bonus episode, we’re revisiting one of our favorite weirdos—Weegee!— whom we featured in Episode 5, alongside Andy Warhol. Today, Weegee gets …

CURIOUS CALLBACK: Episode #2: Was Van Gogh Accidentally Murdered? (PART TWO)

February 18th, 2019

35:56

This is a rebroadcast of our first episode, which originally aired on August 29, 2016. We’ve updated it with new details, music, and our beloved ArtCurious theme— and, per your suggestion, we have split it into two …

CURIOUS CALLBACK: Episode #2: Was Van Gogh Accidentally Murdered? (PART ONE)

February 4th, 2019

31:01

This is a rebroadcast of our first episode, which originally aired on August 29, 2016. We’ve updated it with new details, music, and our beloved ArtCurious theme— and, per your suggestion, we have split it into two …

CURIOUS CALLBACK: Episode #1: Is the Mona Lisa a Fake? (UPDATED Season 1, Episode 1) PART TWO

January 21st, 2019

34:47

This is a rebroadcast of our first episode, which originally aired on August 10, 2016. We’ve updated it with new details, music, and our beloved ArtCurious theme— and, per your suggestion, we have split it into two …

CURIOUS CALLBACK: Episode #1: Is the Mona Lisa a Fake? (PART ONE)

January 7th, 2019

23:24

This is a rebroadcast of our first episode, which originally aired on August 10, 2016. We’ve updated it with new details, music, and our beloved ArtCurious theme— and, per your suggestion, we have split it into two …

Episode #46: Shock Art: Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (Season 4, Episode 7)

December 24th, 2018

24:15

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor …

A Little Curious #6: The Discovery of Pompeii

December 17th, 2018

14:59

Welcome to A Little Curious, a series of special episodes that will provide you will short and sweet bonus content about the unexpected, the slightly …

Episode #45: Shock Art: Michelangelo's The Last Judgment (Season 4, Episode 6)

December 10th, 2018

26:58

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor …

A Little Curious #5: Disastrous Inspiration behind Munch's The Scream?

December 3rd, 2018

11:26

Welcome to A Little Curious, a series of special episodes that will provide you will short and sweet bonus content about the unexpected, the slightly …

Episode #44: Shock Art: Goya's Saturn Devouring His Son (Season 4, Episode 5)

November 26th, 2018

23:24

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor …

A Little Curious #4: Leonardo's Hidden Masterpiece

November 19th, 2018

14:27

Welcome to A Little Curious, a series of special episodes that will provide you will short and sweet bonus content about the unexpected, the slightly …

Episode #43: Shock Art: Dürer's Self-Portrait (Season 4, Episode 4)

November 12th, 2018

26:15

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor …

A Little Curious #3: The Pope's Secret Sexy Bathroom

November 5th, 2018

10:10

Welcome to A Little Curious, a series of special episodes that will provide you will short and sweet bonus content about the unexpected, the slightly …

Episode #42: Shock Art: Gentileschi's Judith Slaying Holofernes (Season 4, Episode 3)

October 29th, 2018

29:21

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor …

A Little Curious #2: Donatello's Mary Magdalene

October 22nd, 2018

9:08

Welcome to A Little Curious, a series of special episodes that will provide you will short and sweet bonus content about the unexpected, the slightly …

Episode #41: Shock Art: Edouard Manet's Olympia (Season 4, Episode 2)

October 15th, 2018

26:50

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor …

Introducing: A Little Curious #1: Michelangelo and Vittoria Colonna

October 8th, 2018

8:57

Welcome to A Little Curious, a series of special episodes that will provide you will short and sweet bonus content about the unexpected, the slightly …

Episode #40: Shock Art: Sargent's Madame X (Season 4, Episode 1)

October 1st, 2018

28:46

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor …

Bonus Episode: When Disney Met Dalí

September 9th, 2018

19:10

Today, we’re uncovering the bizarre artistic love child of Walt Disney and Salvador Dali with their incredible short film, Destino. This is a special bonus episode of the ArtCurious Podcast, exploring the unexpected, …

Bonus Episode: CuriousTalk #2 (Recap of Season 3, Part 2)

August 27th, 2018

26:22

Loved being a part of ArtCurious's third season? Listen in to hear more in our new BONUS segment, CuriousTalk, for behind-the-scenes goodies, listener questions, and more. This episode recaps details from the last four …

Bonus Episode: CuriousTalk #1 (Recap of Season 3, Part 1)

August 13th, 2018

24:03

Loved being a part of ArtCurious's third season? Listen in to hear more in our new BONUS segment, CuriousTalk, for behind-the-scenes goodies, listener questions, and more. This episode recaps details from the first four …

Episode #39: Rivals- Picasso vs. Matisse (Season 3, Episode 8)

July 23rd, 2018

30:30

This episode receives additional support from Reynolda House Museum of American Art, where you can find one of the nation's most highly regarded …

Episode #38- Rivals: Manet vs. Degas (Season 3, Episode 7)

July 9th, 2018

33:07

This episode receives additional support from Reynolda House Museum of American Art, where you can find one of the nation's most highly regarded …

Episode #37: Rivals- Vigée Le Brun vs. Labille-Guiard (Season 3, Episode 6)

June 25th, 2018

30:50

This episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. Get a FREE month of unlimited access to over 9,000 lectures presented by engaging, award-winning experts on everything from art to physics, interior design and world …

Episode #36: Rivals- Turner vs. Constable (Season 3, Episode 5)

June 11th, 2018

32:41

This episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. Get a FREE month of unlimited access to over 10,000 lectures presented by engaging, award-winning experts on everything from art to physics, interior design and world …

Episode #35: Rivals- Lee Krasner and Elaine de Kooning vs. Their Husbands (Season 3, Episode 4)

May 28th, 2018

31:44

This episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. Get a FREE month of unlimited access to over 9,000 lectures presented by engaging, award-winning experts on everything from art to physics, interior design and world …

Episode #34: Rivals- Pollock vs. de Kooning (Season 3, Episode 3)

May 14th, 2018

31:14

This episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. Get a FREE month of unlimited access to over 9,000 lectures presented by engaging, award-winning experts on everything from art to physics, interior design and world …

Episode #33: Rivals- Raphael vs. Michelangelo (Season 3, Episode 2)

April 30th, 2018

34:51

One pair of incredible Renaissance artists experienced a particularly epic rivalry. Both were vying for the same patrons, and their professional …

Episode #32: Rivals- Judith Leyster vs. Frans Hals (Season 3, Episode 1)

April 16th, 2018

29:31

Rivalries are inherently fascinating, because they typically affect not only the individual rivals themselves, but also a whole ecosystem that can …

BONUS: Jennifer Dasal on "Genius" at CreativeMornings RDU (August 2017)

February 26th, 2018

41:02

We're thrilled to bring a bonus episode to you today. Last August, Jennifer Dasal was asked to speak on the topic of "genius" at CreativeMornings RDU. So what does genius have to do with madness? And how about suffering …

Episode #31: Season Finale, Art and WWII- The Long Shadow (Season 2, Episode 11)

December 25th, 2017

24:19

World War Two was the bloodiest, biggest, and most destructive war of all time, decimating entire countries and taking the lives of millions. And as we have learned over the last 10 episodes of the ArtCurious Podcast …

Episode #30: Art and Remembrance (Season 2, Episode 10)

December 11th, 2017

32:10

It's interesting that literature seems to have cornered the market on artistic depictions of those who experienced the Holocaust firsthand. We think …

Episode #29: The Monuments Men (Season 2, Episode 9)

November 27th, 2017

31:48

Ah, Hollywood. Nothing goes further than a big celebrity-studded movie to grab your pop-culture attention and to inspire countless articles and …

Episode #28: The Ghost Army (Season 2, Episode 8)

November 13th, 2017

28:23

In a time where the arts are ever-undervalued, it is increasingly important for us not just to support the arts in our communities, but to look back through periods of history where artists were applauded for making a …

Episode #27: CURIOUS CALLBACK: What Happened to the Amber Room? (Season 2, Episode 7)

October 30th, 2017

53:54

This episode is sponsored by Audible: get a free audiobook download and a free 30-day trial here. Thank you for supporting our show!

This is a rebroadcast of our eighth episode, which originally aired on November 4, …

Episode #26: Hitler's Führermuseum (Season 2, Episode 6)

October 16th, 2017

28:34

Today, we’re digging into the story behind one of the most significant museums never built-- Hitler’s Fuhrermuseum-- what was his obsession with art, and was his “World’s greatest museum” really going to be as great as …

Episode #25: The Draft, Doctrine, and The Duck (Season 2, Episode 5)

September 25th, 2017

31:06

How did Walt Disney and his team, especially a blustery cartoon duck, get involved so specifically in wartime propaganda? LEARN MORE: …

Episode #24: American Propaganda Posters of WWII (Season 2, Episode 4)

September 11th, 2017

30:39

This episode is all about American World War Two propaganda posters: what they were, who created them, and how America was fighting the war via words and pictures. It wasn’t all about manpower and military might: the …

Episode #23: Combat Artists of WWII (Season 2, Episode 3)

August 28th, 2017

28:14

In the winter of 1945, a World War II infantryman for the United States would be supplied with gear that was to be carried and trekked from location …

Episode #22: Hitler the (Failed) Artist (Season 2, Episode 2)

August 14th, 2017

29:21

In this episode, we contemplate the way that fine art inspired, affected, and ultimately molded the man who would become the biggest architect of …

BONUS EPISODE: Happy Birthday, ArtCurious Podcast!

August 10th, 2017

29:16

Today marks the one year anniversary since we launched our very first episode! This is a special episode for you, our listeners. Many of you called, emailed, and contacted us on social media to ask questions big and …

Episode #21: Season Prologue- The Relationship Between Art and War (Season 2, Episode 1)

July 31st, 2017

23:24

Season Two of ArtCurious begins now! It was the most widespread war in history, involving the participation of more than one hundred million people …

Announcements from ArtCurious!

July 14th, 2017

2:28

Hi ArtCurious listeners,  I’m so excited to announce that I’m coming back to you with a whole new season of episodes beginning on Monday, July 31st. …

CURIOUS CALLBACK: Episode #5: Death and Disaster, Warhol and Weegee

June 19th, 2017

49:27

This is a rebroadcast of our fifth episode, which was originally released on October 13, 2016. Death has always been a part of art history. And so much of the great art that we know and love today works in the capacity …

CURIOUS CALLBACK: Episode #3: The Semi-Charmed Life of Elisabeth Vigeé Le Brun

June 5th, 2017

51:38

This is a rebroadcast of our third episode, which was originally released on September 12, 2016. Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, had an image …

Episode #20: Sofonisba Anguissola: Great (Woman) Artist (Season 1, Episode 20)

May 22nd, 2017

30:31

Earlier this spring, I saw a hashtag making the rounds online, especially on Twitter and Instagram. Half the time, I only just vaguely pay attention to the trending terms on social media, but this one hit me right away. …

Episode #19: Conservation and Controversy (Season 1, Episode 19)

May 8th, 2017

27:43

Conservators are art heroes: they transform damaged or dirty works of art into beautiful, fresh works for public consumption. Then why is it that …

BONUS EPISODE: What is Art? (With A Thousand Things to Talk About)

April 29th, 2017

13:26

We are incredibly thrilled to release a bonus episode with our friend, Andrea Parrish, at A Thousand Things to Talk About! This daily podcast is the perfect start to your morning, with a brief 2-3 minute episode with …

Episode #18: Diagnosis: Art History (Season 1, Episode 18)

April 24th, 2017

28:35

Over the centuries, there have been numerous examples of fine artists creating works of art that deliberately work with and within contemporaneous …

Episode #17: The Casino of the Spirits (Season 1, Episode 17)

April 10th, 2017

29:56

Venice-- it's the most serene and beautiful city in Italy, and possibly the whole world. But Venice at night-- all darkened and quiet-- takes up the …

Episode #16: The Muse (Season 1, Episode 16)

March 27th, 2017

23:32

Sometimes when I am looking at a particularly fascinating work of art, I find myself overwhelmed with awe-- for the creative act itself and the …

Episode #15: Hans-Joachim Bohlmann and Serial Art Vandalism (Season 1, Episode 15)

March 16th, 2017

29:42

A few months ago, I began looking into occurrences of art vandalism-- the purposeful destruction or harm of works of art that have occurred …

Episode #14: Samuel F. B. Morse's Gallery of the Louvre (Season 1, Episode 14)

February 27th, 2017

31:10

How many know that the inventor of the telegraph and co-creator of Morse code--Samuel F. B. Morse-- was a successful artist, too? And crazily enough, …

Episode #13: Diego and Frida, Part 2 (Season 1, Episode 13)

February 13th, 2017

26:45

Glamour. Curiosity. Excitement. A love story for the ages. Such are the types of descriptors that you hear when you ponder the life and love of Frida …

Episode #12: Diego and Frida, Part 1 (Season 1, Episode 12)

January 30th, 2017

28:26

There’s something a little strange about the pairing of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Certainly it’s the surprise of a pairing of seeming opposites, at least from a physical standpoint-- she the small, seductive, and …

Episode #11: Art Attack! (Season 1, Episode 11)

January 16th, 2017

27:48

Throughout art history, there have been multiple occasions where people have entered into a museum or gallery with the explicit intention of harming …

Episode #10: When Statues Cry (Season 1, Episode 10)

December 19th, 2016

23:35

Nearly ten years ago, my then-boyfriend, now husband, and I were backpacking through the Balkans region of Europe. After arriving in Bosnia, we opted to take a day trip to a small town called Medjugorje, in Herzegovina. …

Episode #9: The CIA/AbEx Connection (Season 1, Episode 9)

December 5th, 2016

31:01

If there is one thing that’s true in this world, it’s that there sure isn't a lack of conspiracy theories out there. Think about it: almost every big mystery or question has a slough of alternative explanations …

Episode #8: What Happened to the Amber Room? (Season 1, Episode 8)

November 14th, 2016

51:09

One of the most awe-inspiring sights in and around St. Petersburg, Russia, is the Catherine Palace, a rococo summer residence for the imperial family of yore. Up until World War II, The Catherine Palace housed something …

Episode #7: Was Walter Sickert Actually Jack the Ripper? PART TWO (Season 1, Episode 7)

October 31st, 2016

34:02

Back in 2002, I was browsing a new releases table at my local bookstore when a particular book caught my eye. It seemed like yet another crime novel, …

Episode #6: Was Walter Sickert Actually Jack the Ripper? PART ONE (Season 1, Episode 6)

October 24th, 2016

30:51

Much was made of crime in Victorian London. The Victorians were terrified of the lower-classes, particularly down-and-out men living in the crowded …

Episode #5: Death and Disaster, Warhol and Weegee (Season 1, Episode 5)

October 13th, 2016

46:25

Andy Warhol's take on mortality wasn't about memorializing. He instead focused on the direct causes of death, or the aftermath of a terrible …

Episode #4: The Problem of Michelangelo's Women (Season 1, Episode 4)

September 26th, 2016

37:19

There are lots of questions that come up in every art history classroom. We hear them over and over again. What is art, really, and how can you define it? Why is the Mona Lisa smiling? What happened to the Winged Victory

Episode #3: The Semi-Charmed Life of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun (Season 1, Episode 3)

September 12th, 2016

49:32

Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, had an image problem: she was seen as frivolous, silly, and out-of-touch. In order to combat her poor press, the …

Episode #2: Was Van Gogh Accidentally Murdered? (Season 1, Episode 2)

August 29th, 2016

56:06

Vincent Van Gogh's suicide is a huge part of the mythology surrounding him: as much as the famous tale of the cut-off ear is. This so-called …

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