Some Art (History) Blogs to Enjoy

There are thousands of blogs these days, many of which deal with art or the history of art. It is one of the reasons I probably spend too much time online. But a lot of blogs are really interesting, informative and entertaining. Of course there are many, many artists blogs out there as well. Artists often write about their own work and influences. Although I do read artists blogs, I kept these blogs out the Top Ten below  – for now – as there are just too many to mention. There are also great art business blogs, collectors blogs, blogging blogs and the list goes on. Below I am sharing my TOP TEN (as far as I can think of right now) of art (history) blogs.  I hope that you will find some of them new and interesting. Please do share your favourite art (history) blogs in the comments below! I look forward to reading your suggestions.

In no particular order

National Trust Treasure Hunt

A blog about all those interesting objects in National Trust’s properties; from historic objects to works of art and everything in between.
https://nttreasurehunt.wordpress.com

James Mulraine
Early Modern British Art

Informative blog about all things early modern art related written by James Mulraine, art historian and picture dealer.
https://jamesmulraine.com

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Kenwood House, National Trust, London

Costume Historian

Great blog by Pat Poppy about the history of fashion and textiles, with special focus on the period 1550-1750.
http://costumehistorian.blogspot.co.uk

Making a Mark

An art blog for artists and art lovers. A popular blog full of exhibition reviews, art competition listings, interviews and product reviews.
http://makingamark.blogspot.co.uk

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RWA, Bristol

RWA Behind the Scenes

A wonderful and varied blog by the Royal West of England Academy of Art, featuring artworks from their collection, artists interviews, exhibitions and other bits and pieces
https://rwabristol.wordpress.com

Grumpy Art Historian

The title alone makes me smile. Michael Savage writes about the art market and art history, reviews books and exhibitions, all with a healthy dose of cynicism.
http://grumpyarthistorian.blogspot.co.uk

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Wallace Collection, London

Art History News

Celeb art historian Bendor Grosvenor (the guy from Fake or Fortune on the BBC) writes about the art market and art history. A knowledgeable author who doesn’t shy away from some bold opinions.
http://www.arthistorynews.com

The Bowes Museum Blog

I have never visited the Bowes Museum but have been wanting to for years. It is just a bit far! But their blog (and social media accounts) are wonderful ways to keep in the loop of what they are up to! Beautifully designed blog with informative and yummie pictures of their amazing (textile) collection.
https://thebowesmuseum.wordpress.com

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Dyrham Park, near Bath. National Trust

The Frame Blog

Quite a particular subject, I admit, but once you get into it you will surprised by the immense world of frames and how beautiful they often are. Frame historians, curators and conservators contribute with essays on historical frames.
https://theframeblog.com

Frock Flicks

A fun and cheeky blog reviewing historical costumes in film and tv – or as they word it: “where we rip into Hollywood’s attempt at historical costuming”.
http://www.frockflicks.com

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Claire Foy as Queen Anne Boleyn in the BBC drama Wolf Hall

​I hope you are enjoying this blog post. If so do browse the rest of my blog and my website and leave me a comment to tell me what you think!

I just know I have forgotten some. Do remind me. Please leave your comments or blog suggestions below. I look forward to finding out about new blogs!

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BP Portrait Award 2014, Sunderland Museum

 

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2 thoughts on “Some Art (History) Blogs to Enjoy

  1. Hi Sophie:
    Happy New Year, Thanks for your blog posts and this great list which has pointed me to some new websites.
    I thought you might like to know about our blog which reviews the latest exhibition catalogues and museum books and also has details of our monthly competitions.
    https://www.museumbookstore.com/blogs/blog
    With regards,
    Caroline

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