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The Lonely Palette

114 EpisodesProduced by Tamar AvishaiWebsite

Welcome to The Lonely Palette, the podcast that returns art history to the masses, one painting at a time. Each episode, host Tamar Avishai picks a painting du jour, interviews unsuspecting museum visitors in front of it, and then dives deeply into the object, the movement, the social context, and … read more


BonusEp. 13: The Lonely Palette Reads Giorgio Vasari on Sandro Botticelli

Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) may have gone down in history as the very first Western art historian, but he is also a messy bench who loves drama, and we are here for it. Listen to his take on Sandro Botticelli from “The Lives of the Artists” (Bondanella trans., 1991), particularly his practical jokes, from which no friend or neighbor escaped unscathed.

This is a free edition of The Lonely Palette Reads, a perk that will be going out exclusively to Patreon patrons in the future. To become a patron, go to and sign up at any level of support. Thank you!

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Music used:
Glenn Miller, “Tuxedo Junction”
The Blue Dot Sessions, “Belle Anette”

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