Politics and Power in the Creation of the Louvre Museum in Paris

Aerial view of the Louvre Museum (2010), photo: Matthias Kabel (CC BY-SA 3.0) “The origin of the modern museum…is linked to the development of the guillotine.” By Dr. Elizabeth Rodini / 07.09.2018 Professor of Art History Johns Hopkins University “The origin of the modern museum…is linked to the development of the guillotine.” —Georges Bataille, October, 1986 This statement by[…]

A Brief History of the Art Museum

Gallery in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich (photo: Dr. Steven Zucker, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) When people think of museums, art museums most often come to mind—solemn places where visitors stand in silence contemplating neat rows of paintings. By Dr. Elizabeth Rodini / 07.10.2018 Professor of Art History Johns Hopkins University When people think of museums, art museums[…]

The Villa J. Paul Getty Built but Never Saw

J. Paul Getty (at left) views a model of the Getty Villa at Sutton Place, his home in England, in 1971. The Getty Research Institute, Institutional Archives. Ancient and modern history intertwine at the Getty Villa. By Dr. Kenneth Lapatin / 04.10.2018 Curator of Antiquities J. Paul Getty Museum Ironically, J. Paul Getty never saw[…]

Women’s Work in Natural History Museums

By Dr. Jenna Tonn / 03.15.2018 Visiting Assistant Professor in Science and Technology Studies Boston College The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University hired Elizabeth Hodges Clark as a specimen sorter in 1873. The energetic Swiss naturalist Louis Agassiz founded the MCZ in 1859 as a center for natural history teaching, research, and exhibition in the United[…]